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Fri, 30 Sep 2022 06:10:35 +0000

“Eva Bartlett describes Ukraine’s unspeakable genocide of Donbass FULL INTERVIEW (Graphic Content Warning)”


Interview I did on Redacted on September 22.

**Warning: This video contains graphic images of civilians killed by Ukrainian shelling of completely civilian areas of Donetsk.**

In Gaza
Thu, 29 Sep 2022 14:31:21 +0000

DPR Civilians On Why They Wanted A Referendum To Join Russia


My overview of the DPR referendum to join Russia.

It's mainly the people themselves talking, over the course of 5 days, including door-to-door voting (no, not at gunpoint) and voting in voting stations on the 5th day.

Western commentators would do well to listen to them (but we know they won't).

Summary:

-they waited 8 years for this -they are tired of being bombed by Ukraine, they want peace & feel joining Russia will bring this

-they were not intimidated or forced to vote, many (like Syrians) faced potential shelling in order to do so, many volunteered in order to ensure the referendum went ahead

-they've long since given up caring what western commentators & "news" say about them (the same who whitewashed Ukraine's 8+ years of war crimes against the civilians of the Donbass).

For my commentary, see this recent interview:

RELATED:

**Twitter threads with numerous clips of voting over the five day period:

First scenes of voting in the referendum yesterday, in the Donetsk People's Republic.

"Yes! Of course, yes!" pic.twitter.com/QzP3QUYA0e

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 24, 2022

Man in Kirovskiy, on Friday, speaking about why he is driving people going door to door to enable voting in a region that gets heavily shelled. He is putting himself at risk, but does so voluntarily, not accepting money for his efforts. pic.twitter.com/bcugAdKcyb

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 25, 2022

-Ukrainian Terrorism of Central Donetsk September 17 Kills 4, Using Western Weapons

Carnage: Ukraine's terrorism on Donetsk September 19 killed 16 civilians, 9 in one spot.

Ukraine shelled a completely civilian area of central Donetsk, killing at least 5 civilians

What I've seen of Ukraine's war crimes against civilians in the Donbass over the past few months

In Gaza
Wed, 28 Sep 2022 11:33:51 +0000

My interview from Donetsk on the people’s eagerness to vote to join Russia


Interview I did on RT yesterday, after observing the DPR referendum (from September 23-27) on whether to join Russia.

During that time, I visited areas where voting was occurring in homes/apartments to lessen the opportunity for Ukraine to shell large crowds. Wherever I went–central Donetsk, hard-hit northern & western Donetsk, hard-hit Gorlovka, Mariupol, I saw relaxed people keen to vote (as opposed to Western BS narrative about guns to their heads).

I have a lot of footage from these days which I am nearly done subtitling (I do it manually and of course can't do so when I'm out on the streets, which I have been, so it's taking time) and will share here soon.

RELATED LINKS:

First scenes of voting in the referendum yesterday, in the Donetsk People's Republic. "Yes! Of course, yes!" **Twitter thread with numerous clips of voting over the five day period https://twitter.com/EvaKBartlett/status/1573537823852040192

Western nations want 'democracy' in Syria so badly they close embassies and prevent Syrians from voting in presidential elections

Today I saw Syrians dancing and celebrating life, and a return to peace – but, of course, the Western media won't report that

Syrians filled the polling stations to defend their sovereignty and now fill the streets to celebrate the result

In Gaza
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 14:18:15 +0000

Western media continues to ignore how Ukraine is using NATO weapons to kill innocent civilians in the Donbass


Woman torn apart by Ukrainian-fired NATO shell on September 19, in western Donetsk.

Sep 23, 2022, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

On Monday, Ukraine slaughtered 16 civilians, including two children, with 155mm NATO shells, according to the head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin. The projectiles hit two adjacent neighborhoods, decimating residential and commercial areas – including a market that had previously suffered fatal attacks.

Scenes of death are nothing new for residents and reporters here in Donetsk, which is intermittently the target of Ukrainian attacks, like the one that hit its central region on August 4, killing six people, including an 11-year-old ballerina, her grandmother, and her ballet teacher.

But the carnage on Monday was worse than anything I've seen in my months of reporting here. Chunks of flesh littered the street – part of a hand, a foot, an ear. Someone had put a dead man's phone on his stomach. It was ringing, the cheery ringtone incongruous with his lifeless body and the scenes and stench of death around him.

**Warning (although Donbass civilians get no warning before being torn apart), disturbing footage.

For most people, the concept of war is a distant one, and deaths are normalized by media reporting the numbers of victims and destroyed buildings – so most who hear of civilians being killed don't really understand what a scene like this looks or smells like.

For the locals, it is also normalized, in its own way, after over eight years of Ukrainian attacks – a tragically grotesque kind of normality, where the post-bombing routine starts soon after the last explosions die down.

Bodies were strewn around on the ground where the munition struck, another inside a shop.

A sight I will never forget: an older woman's body, only the upper half…

This is pure Ukrainian terrorism. No where is safe in Donetsk.

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 19, 2022

When I arrived at the scene, locals were already sweeping up glass shards and boarding windows, preparing to reopen their shops. Inspectors from the Russian Investigative Committee were on site collecting shrapnel and measuring the shell's impact point, to determine the nature of the armament. When asked about what happened, they were careful to state that they could not say anything until the conclusion of their investigation.

An emergency vehicle arrived and workers began loading the bodies, or body parts, onto stretchers, clearing them away.

About 100 meters away, there was a gaping hole in the side of an apartment building. The shell had struck right where writing on the wall indicated the direction to the nearest basement, which was to be used as a bomb shelter. Doors to such stairways are generally permanently left open, so that anyone caught up in shelling might have a chance to survive, if they can make it to the door and basement in time.

Victims of another Ukrainian assault, which took place on Saturday, didn't have that option. The center of Donetsk was hit by around ten bombs over the course of 30 minutes around noon. At least four civilians were killed, one of whom I saw still on the ground. Some minutes later, her body was taken away. One of the shells hit a car driving along Artema Street, setting it ablaze and killing two civilians. By the time I reached that site, the vehicle had burned out, the dead taken away. Workers were already repaving the roads, sweeping debris and glass from sidewalks.

From earlier today, upon arriving back in Donetsk which was being bombed by Ukraine.

"According to the JCCC, this time AFU fired 13 shells of 155 mm caliber at the center of Donetsk."https://t.co/jBgh9oNLBW https://t.co/c2ik3Oa0Sd

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 17, 2022

**Warning (although Donbass civilians get no warning before being torn apart), disturbing footage.

On Thursday, again around noon, Ukraine again shelled central Donetsk, this time next to a busy market. The shelling left six people dead on the street and in a burned out bus. This makes at least 26 civilians killed by Ukrainian shelling, with Western weapons, in the space of just one week.

https://t.co/2zEWHow3dO

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 22, 2022

**Warning (although Donbass civilians get no warning before being torn apart), disturbing footage.

Western weapons killing Donbass civilians

When Russian and Donbass voices state that Ukraine is killing Donbass civilians with Western weapons, the reply is silence, derision, or inversion of reality: claims that Russia is bombing Donbass – which any ordinary resident here would disprove easily, having been under Ukraine's shelling for over eight years.

"…Fragments of NATO-style weapons, French, American, Spanish, etc. are found at shelling sites. However, the "civilized" world is not interested in where & how their military assistance to Ukraine is used.

We call on the West to pay attention to this!"#StopKillingDonbass

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 18, 2022

War correspondent, Christelle Neant, wrote of Saturday's bombings:

"After submitting the photos of the shrapnel I found on the spot to Adrien Bocquet, who is now a NATO weapons expert for the DPR's representation in the JCCC (Joint Monitoring and Co-ordination Center on Ukraine's War Crimes), he confirmed that they were American 155mm shells, some fired from Caesar guns and others from TRF1 guns.

The famous TRF1 guns that can fire (banned) 155mm cluster munitions, which I had mentioned in June, and which the Western press had assured that France had not supplied to Ukraine! Before learning at the beginning of September that Paris had indeed sold them to Kiev!"

According to Shoigu in this interview, these precision weapons are being used against Donbass civilians deliberately rather than indiscriminately. https://t.co/gU2ScAEwUP

— Nina 🐙 Byzantina (@NinaByzantina) September 24, 2022

Europeans in Germany, France and Italy recently held "#StopKillingDonbass" actions, denouncing the sale of Western weapons to Ukraine, and calling for it to end. It was rather fitting that the actions occurred the day after Ukraine bombed central Donetsk again.

Necessary initiative:

"Actions for stopping the supply of weapons to Ukraine by the West have already taken place in Germany & Italy. The event is currently starting in France & we are expecting another action from Italy."#StopKillingDonbass pic.twitter.com/TMUgBkcKC4

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 18, 2022

These actions were followed by the release of a petition against arms supplies to Ukraine, which stated:

"Today, contrary to the fundamental principles set forth in Article 2 of the UN Charter, in particular, the principles of sovereign equality and the peaceful settlement of international disputes, our countries supply Ukraine with weapons that cause massive deaths and injuries of civilians in Donbass, including children."

It concludes: "We demand an end to the financing of state terrorism and genocide against the people of Donbass, as well as the ongoing violations of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and other acts of international humanitarian law since 2014."

At this point, there is no safe region in Donetsk, nowhere is off-limits for Ukraine's bombings, not maternity hospitals, nor busy markets. The issue does, however, appear to be off-limits for the reporting of Western corporate-owned media.

Article on Ukraine's increased attacks on Donetsk with western weapons, killing at least 26 Donbass civilians in the past week alone, whose bodies I unfortunately saw mangled & in pieces on streets post-shelling.

Please read. Donbass civilians don't get an option to look away. pic.twitter.com/egcbJM6D1f

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 24, 2022

What I've seen of Ukraine's war crimes in the past few months:https://t.co/g1ETUIMw1U

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 7, 2022

RELATED LINKS

Ukrainian strike on Donetsk market was a terrorist act

Today, Ukraine bombed a Donetsk hotel full of journalists – here's what it felt like to be inside

Residents of Europe distribute a petition against arms supplies to Ukraine

What I've seen of Ukraine's war crimes against civilians in the Donbass over the past few months

In Gaza
Sun, 11 Sep 2022 12:52:37 +0000

Western media continues to ignore Ukraine’s public ‘kill list’ aimed at those who question the Kiev regime


September 10, 2022, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

*Blog version slightly longer than originally published

The Myrotvorets list is an issue trending in independent and Russian media, but not in the mainstream international press

This week, a number of international and Russian journalists convened in Moscow – with more joining by video link – to discuss the now-infamous Ukrainian Myrotvorets "kill list." Many of them are included themselves.

For those who say Ukraine's kill list *isn't* a kill list:

"…a screenshot from the Ukrainian site Myrotvorets, where the photo of Daria Dugina is crossed out and it says "liquidated".
"They are openly flaunting her murder," the Russian envoy said."https://t.co/6CkLrIehAz pic.twitter.com/3kyxxyDfVr

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 24, 2022

While some don't take it seriously, the horrific car-bombing murder of Darya Dugina on August 20 and the subsequent marking on her Myrotvorets entry as "liquidated" makes it fairly clear the people behind the list do, in fact, want people dead.

The same thing happened to the entry of Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin and many others listed and subsequently killed, including the Italian Andrea Rocchelli.

"September 8 is observed as International Day of Journalists' Solidarity. On this day, the world commemorates members of the press who died in the line of duty…"

*Oles Buzina was on Ukraine's kill list…https://t.co/OCIyC0UEWT pic.twitter.com/rXQvxdKep4

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 9, 2022

What it feels like to be on the list

The head of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, Mira Terada, who convened the panel, noted that of the thousands of names entered on the site, 341 are journalists and, shockingly, 327 are minors.

"Publishing personal data on minors is a crime. It's like a menu for pedophiles or people doing human trafficking."

While her concern is for the children, journalists, activists, political figures and even ordinary Ukrainians who have somehow angered the Kiev regime and those behind the list, Terada now needs to exercise some caution after she herself was added to the database.

An hour and a half after a July 21 press conference about children being placed on Myrotvorets, Mira found herself listed. "This changed my life. I have to be vigilant 24/7," she said.

Christelle Néant, a French war correspondent reporting from Donbass for the past six and a half years, mentioned to me before the panel began that some of the information on the site is not disclosed to the general public, and is password-locked.

Néant, who said she's been receiving death threats for years, spoke of how it impacts her: "Every time I use my car, I check underneath it for any unpleasant surprise," referring to a potential car bomb. "I don't publish any photos with people I live with or love. I have to be vigilant at all times."

"I'm not a terrorist, not a criminal, I'm just a correspondent. This list must be closed and all of those involved must be held accountable."

German journalist Thomas Röper rightly noted that Western media outlets prefer to look the other way. "They could have reported on this, but they're saying nothing."

He also pointed out the silence of the German government, even when asked at press conferences.

"A state has a duty to protect its citizens, but I haven't seen anything from my government to condemn the fact that Germans are on this list and one German national has been killed."

And, in fact, rather than protect German journalists, the government is persecuting them, as is the case with Alina Lipp, whose bank account, and that of her mother, was closed after the German government launched a criminal case against her for her reporting from Donbass.

Russian journalist Veronika Naydenova, originally from Crimea but living in Germany, was added to the list in January, also after raising the inclusion of children, including 13-year-old Faina Savenkova, from the Lugansk People's Republic.

"The same day my article was published, I was added to the list. But this hasn't stopped me, I've written many articles since."

She highlighted an additional, very real, threat: that of the refugees who've come to Germany from Ukraine, it isn't possible to know who is merely a refugee and who holds Ukrainian nationalist extremist views. This is a very real fear for Naydenova, whose address is listed on Myrotvorets.

The same happened with Syrians who entered Germany and other countries as refugees. Some of them had affiliations to, or were members of, terrorist groups in Syria, and posed very real threats to supporters of Syria in Germany. As I wrote in a previous article, Kevork Almassian, a Syrian living in Germany, was chased, smeared, harassed and even physically attacked multiple times by the sympathizers of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other terrorist groups."

Dutch journalist Sonya van den Ende likewise fears returning home. "I'm labeled an 'enemy of the state' now in the Netherlands. I cannot go back, it's very dangerous for me to do so."

Janus Putkonen, a Finnish journalist who has been living in Donbass since 2015, pointed out how the risk extends globally.

"Because the Myrotvorets kill list has not been stopped, people around the world are now in danger of falling victim to the state terrorism of Ukrainian Nazism, comparable to ISIS terrorism."

But, most of all, it threatens Ukrainians within Ukraine, something British journalist Johnny Miller emphasized.

"If you're a journalist, blogger, political figure, or a citizen in Ukraine who wants to criticize extremism in Ukraine, which there is a lot of, or if you want to criticize Ukrainian government policies, most likely you're going to be put on that list. And be under serious threat of death."

Miller, who has reported from areas of western Ukraine, raised another important point:

"There are so many people in Ukraine who want to push for peaceful negotiations with Russia. But if anybody in Ukrainian society wants to stand up and push this line, they're most likely going to be put on that list. Myrotvorets is very much a symbol of the extremist elements in Ukraine at the moment."

For myself, I've been on the list since 2019, after going to Crimea and reporting from areas of the DPR where civilians were being terrorized by Ukrainian shelling, houses destroyed "street by street" as a local told me.

Independent journalist @EvaKBartlett has been reporting from Donbass since early in the US-Russia proxy war despite knowing that she's on a hit list of so-called "enemies of Ukraine." The list was made by a group called "Mirotvorets" which means peacemakers in English. pic.twitter.com/kC4oQOW3F7

— MintPress News (@MintPressNews) August 24, 2022

Complicit media

For various reasons, I haven't been in my native Canada since February 2020, and at this point, don't know what fate I would face were I to go back.

Ottawa unconditionally supports the Kiev regime, including its war against the civilians of Donbass, which the country has abetted by sending money and weapons to Ukraine for years before Russia's military operation began in February.

Canada has spent nearly a billion dollars to train Ukrainian forces since 2014, including Neo-Nazi Azov fighters.

"…all Canadian Liberal governments have supported the Ukrainian Banderites since the beginning of WW2…Worse still, the current Canadian government is composed of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, flanked by a Banderite deputy, Chrystia Freeland."https://t.co/m7ZMZ3ulMt

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 2, 2022

But in addition to that, the Canadian government knows about Myrotvorets. The state-run Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Canada's main propaganda outlet, in July ran a smear piece on me, using information apparently gleaned from my Myrotvorets entry, though it doesn't mention the kill list by name.

Some interesting things about this video.

1. CBC almost certainly became aware of Grigoriev's Ukrainian war crimes tribunal after honest journalists of Maverick media contacted CBC about the kill list
[see Maverick's interview w me: https://t.co/6OWigJMVIv ]

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) July 8, 2022

How do I think I know CBC was aware of the kill list entry on me? Their producer emailed me for an interview (which I did not concede to), mentioning my April participation in a Moscow-based panel on Ukraine's war crimes. Except it wasn't April, it was on March 11. The only other source for my participation being in April was, you guessed it, Myrotvorets.

Of course, there was no condemnation or call to shut down Myrotvorets (which independent Canadian media outlets previously interviewed me about and subsequently contacted the CBC about). Instead, they tried to spin my multiple reports on Ukraine's war crimes in Donbass as a way to smear me as a Russian propagandist.

And now, the CBC has flagged my name to Ukrainian Nationalists in Canada who might otherwise not have known of me, and to Canadians who went to fight in Ukraine, became radicalized and indoctrinated, and could commit Azov-style crimes against journalists like me who have been reporting from the other side.

And although Canadian media are currently talking a lot about harassment of Canadian journalists, not a single Canadian corporate media outlet has contacted me about the kill list.

Yeah, it's funny how Canadian media is aghast at harassment of Canadian journalists, but not at a Canadian journalist (me) put on a Ukrainian kill list which has seen Ukrainian & international journalists murdered, or as Myrotvorets puts it, "liquidated". pic.twitter.com/9yV5uJKRs6

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 7, 2022

Journalists already have enough reasons to fear being targeted – one example is the August 4 bombing by Kiev's forces of a Donetsk hotel that multiple journalists, including myself, were in. There is no conclusive proof that the hotel and the journalists were the intended targets, but given everything mentioned above, it's certainly within the realm of possibility.

A terrorist database

After the panel, I chatted again with Néant, who said she'd been appealing to international organizations about Myrotvorets for years.

"I've written to organizations like the OSCE, Amnesty, etc. None reacted, even when I discovered that children are on this list." All she got was an automated confirmation of receipt.

Some time ago, when I searched the websites of bodies who supposedly advocate for journalists, I found scant mention of the kill list. The one I did find was pretty lack-lustre, and it was from 2016.

I was surprised to see RWB actually previously mentioned Ukraine's kill list, a list designed to hamper the work of journalists (and silence any sort of dissent, including from opposition members, average civilians…) https://t.co/aS0rtU3tNz

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) July 4, 2022

During a Q&A after the panel, an American man in the audience suggested that Russia should have its own "hit force" going out and doing the same thing to the Ukrainian side.

In reply, Johnny Miller noted:

"When I tell people here in the UK about this kill list, one of the first things that people reply to me is,

'Well, I'm sure Russia has a similar list.' And I have to explain to them that, no, Russia does not have a list published on the internet with the names and home addresses of journalists and children and promote their killing. That's the distinction between a civilized government and extremism and barbarism."

According to Mira Terada, her foundation transferred documents and the evidence it collected to Russia's Federal Security Service and is asking the service to recognize Myrotvorets as a terrorist organization.

Former US Marine and UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter likewise described Myrotvorets as "an instrument of terror" that "should be taken down at the insistence of the US Government."

Note the irony: We are listed as terrorists for the work we do to highlight the suffering of civilians under the Kiev regime's actual terrorism.

Still there https://t.co/G5bncef2Hf

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 9, 2022

RELATED:
Ukraine bombed a Donetsk hotel full of journalists – here's what it felt like to be inside at the time

What I've seen of Ukraine's war crimes against civilians in the Donbass over the past few months

A CONFERENCE OF THE FOUNDATION TO BATTLE INJUSTICE DEDICATED TO THE PUBLICATION OF JOURNALISTS' PERSONAL DATA ON THE UKRAINIAN NATIONALIST WEBSITE "MYROTVORETS" WAS HELD IN MOSCOW

In Gaza
Thu, 25 Aug 2022 11:25:53 +0000

In Just Under Three Weeks, Ukrainian-Fired Prohibited “Petal” Mines Maim At Least 44 Civilians, Kill 2, in Donetsk Region


*Web graphic

August 23, 2022, Covert Action Magazine

-Eva K Bartlett

Ukraine continues to fire internationally-banned anti-personnel mines on civilian areas of Donetsk and other cities in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), in violation of international law and of the mine ban convention Ukraine signed in 1999 and ratified in 2005.

Since July 27, Ukraine has been firing rockets containing cluster munitions filled with banned PFM-1 "Petal" (or "Butterfly") anti-personnel mines all over Donetsk and surrounding areas. Each rocket contains over 300 of the mines. Already by August 3, the DPR's Ministry of Emergency Situations noted that Ukraine had fired several thousand of the prohibited mines on Donetsk.

Ukraine's firing of these mines is against international law & the Geneva Conventions. Ukraine is specifically targeting civilian areas with them. It is pure terrorism, another in a very long list of war crimes stretching back over 8years.https://t.co/Pn4huN8Hi9

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 24, 2022

As of August 15, 44 civilians, including two children, have suffered gruesome injuries. Another mine victim died in hospital.

Some days ago, such mines grotesquely maimed a 15 year old boy in Donetsk.

Younger children don't know that the mines aren't toys, and elderly often simply don't see them, or likewise don't understand the danger, as was the case with an elderly lady with dementia who, on August 8, lost a foot as a result of stepping on a mine while she was going to work in her garden plot.

Tiny but powerful, these insidious mines are designed not to kill but to tear off feet or hands. Their design allows them to float to the ground without exploding, where they easily blend in with most settings and generally lie dormant until stepped on or otherwise disturbed.

According to Konstantin Zhukov, Chief Medical Officer of Donetsk Ambulance Service, a weight of just 2 kg is enough to activate one of the mines. Sometimes, however, they explode spontaneously. An unspoken tragedy on top of the already tragic targeting of civilians is that dogs, cats, birds and other animals are also victims of these dirty mines.

In the grass, or surprisingly even on sidewalks and streets, it is very easy to overlook them or mistake them for a leaf. Even when I've seen such mines marked with warning signs or circled, it still took me quite a bit to actually see them.

In its relentless deploying of these mines, Ukraine has targeted all over Donetsk, as well as Makeevka to the east and Yasinovataya to the north. Ukraine has fired them elsewhere, including the hard-hit northern DPR city of Gorlovka, as well as regions in the Lugansk People's Republic in previous months.

In fact, according to DPR authorities, Ukraine began using the mines in March, during battles for Mariupol, and in May was already firing them into DPR settlements. Also in early May, while in Rubiznhe in the Lugansk People's Republic, I was warned that Ukraine had been littering nearby areas with the mines, something confirmed by locals when I went to nearby Severodonetsk on August 12.

Ukraine turns Donetsk into a minefield

first saw the Ukrainian-fired mines on July 30, in Kirovskiy, western Donetsk, just days after Ukraine began showering the city with them.

Mine clearance sappers had isolated mines scattered in a field, to detonate after they had destroyed mines in the courtyard of an apartment complex. Amidst the tall grass, wild plants and garden plots, the mines would have been impossible for a non-sapper to spot, and very easy to disturb and lose a foot or hand in doing so.

Although I'd been assured that sappers had cleared the path, I still watched every step I took. And generally for the duration of my time in the DPR, I looked down while walking, watching for mines that could have been moved by wind or rain.

Behind a wall at one end of the apartment complex courtyard, sapper timer-detonated the eight mines they'd found scattered around the playground, lanes and walkways.

That evening, Ukraine fired more rockets with petal mines at Donetsk, this time targeting the centre of the city. People driving in the streets unknowingly set some off.

On a central Donetsk street the next morning, I saw a grouping of seven mines on a curbside, gathered either by sappers or some courageous local, with warnings to pedestrians and drivers of their presence.

They were so plentiful that marking them however possible was the only way to mitigate the immediate danger of someone randomly stepping or driving over them until they could be neutralized by the sappers.

Across the street, another group of mines curbside. A preliminary search in the nearby park found most of the mines, but I was warned to walk carefully as the park wasn't officially mine-free. Having not been able to easily spot the circled and otherwise-identified mines on the street, I walked extremely carefully, wary of any object that could be covering a mine.

I saw mines on a lane behind an apartment building, on sidewalks nearby, and on leaf-strewn earth, and each time I couldn't locate them immediately. I repeat this to emphasize how insidious Ukraine's deploying of these mines is: if they are barely noticeable with warnings, it is all to easy without warnings to step on them and have your foot blown off.

After the mines were scattered on July 30, DPR authorities created an interactive map showing areas most contaminated by the mines, giving residents a general warning of which areas to avoid walking or driving in. Some days after, however, Donetsk experienced heavy rains, washing the mines from where they originally landed, rendering the initial demining efforts futile and the map irrelevant, and meaning sappers would have to re-clear areas they had deemed mine-free.

On August 6, I went to an orphanage in Makeevka, a city just east of Donetsk, where two days prior Ukraine had fired artillery containing the nefarious petal mines which Ukraine has been raining down all over Donetsk, and Gorlovka to the north. Thankfully, all of the children had been evacuated in February, due to the proximity to the frontline.

Emergency Services sappers were working for a second day, having found 25 of the mines so far, including in the playground, on a swing, on a merry-go-round, on the roof of the orphanage itself, and around the property. A sapper suited up and prepared to destroy one more mine, lying in the grass of the playground.

Mine sappers at work. [Source: Photo Courtesy of Eva Bartlett]

Whereas in Kirovsky, sappers had detonated a group of the mines using explosive material, in this case, sappers detonated the single mine with an electric charge. Standing tens of metres back and around the side of the building—to avoid any potential flying debris—the blast from the single mine alone was still powerful. The thought of stepping on one is a dread which one can't fully understand if you haven't walked in streets and on sidewalks littered with the mines.

Ukraine targeted a Makeevka orphanage with illegal Petal mines. Emergency Services sappers demined the property, finding 26.

Thankfully, orphanage was evacuated months ago. Head Physician said Ukraine's attack on the orphanage was deliberate. A war crime.https://t.co/TsbU0Lo3wZ

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 9, 2022
Media Claims Russia is Laying the Mines

As with most of its war crimes against the civilians of the Donbass, Ukraine and NATO media invert reality and claim Russia is the guilty party. They cry crocodile tears for the Donetsk children Ukraine has targeted, also disingenuously claiming the now-famous video of a DPR soldier detonating a mine by throwing a tire at it was a Ukrainian soldier demining Russian-fired mines.

The notion that Russia would explode mines over the city is not a reality-based idea. Most of the population are ethnic Russians, a significant number who now happily hold Russian citizenship. And further, it is Russian and DPR sappers putting themselves at risk to clear the streets, walks and fields of the mines.

In fact, a 21 year old DPR sapper lost a foot to such mine. Director of the Department of Fire and Rescue Forces of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Donetsk People's Republic, Colonel Sergey Neka, told me of his injury: "After the cleansing of territories from explosive objects, returning back to the transport, a mine fell from the building, as a result of which it exploded under his feet and he lost his foot."

In Makeevka, Igor Goncharov, the Chief Physician of the bombarded orphanage, spoke to me about his anger that Ukraine was targeting the property, insisting it had been deliberate, that since 2001 the orphanage was well-known to various international organizations, as well as Kiev, because, "It was the only one specialized in HIV."

According to him, "American law allowed the adoption of HIV-positive children, so the United States was the only state that adopted HIV-infected children, so we were well known both within Ukraine and the Russian Federation and abroad. When they shoot, they know where they shoot," he said of Ukraine.

"I think that this is not just inhumane, it is without morality, without conscience and without honour."

I asked him to address Ukrainian and Western claims that it was Russia which deployed the mines, Russia which is shelling Donetsk and surrounding areas, knowing full well any average local resident could likewise easily debunk the claims.

"Even without being educated in military matters, it's easy to localize the craters. Which way they are located indicates which side they were sent from. We know perfectly well where they shoot from. It's all from Peski, Avdeevka, Nevelskoye. You can hear the crash and the whistle coming first. Ballistics can be defined. All the shelling comes from the Ukrainian side, it is unambiguous."

Even without that logical thinking, let's recall that Ukraine has been committing war crimes in the Donbass for over eight years, violating the Minsk Accords signed in 2014 and 2015. That Ukraine would use Petal mines from its enormous stockpile, after already shelling and sniping civilians, it not at all out of the question.

Ukrainian nationalists openly declare they view Russians as sub-human. School books teach this warped ideology. Videos show the extent of this mentality: teaching children not only to also hate Russians and see them as not humans, but also brainwashing them to believe killing Donbass residents is acceptable. The Ukrainian government itself funds Neo-Nazi-run indoctrination camps for youths.

As mentioned at the start, Ukraine signed the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, under which Ukraine was obliged to destroy its 6 million stock of the mines. However, reportedly, its stockpile remains over 3.3 million such mines.

The convention, "prohibits the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of anti-personnel landmines (APLs)." Further, as outlined, Ukraine is, "in violation of Article 5 of the Mine Ban Treaty due to missing its 1 June 2016 clearance deadline without having requested and being granted an extension."

Ukraine's firing of rockets containing these mines is against international law and the Geneva Conventions. Ukraine is specifically targeting civilian areas with them. It is pure terrorism. And it is another Ukrainian war crime in a very long list of war crimes stretching back over eight years.

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