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Well-Armed Pro-Russian Militants Purge Separatist HQ in Donetsk
4 years
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Is Russia Winning or Losing?
We've been watching a livestream from Donetsk which first showed looters in the Metro store, and then showed members of the Vostok Battalion break down the barricades that had been erected outside the regional administrative building that has been the home of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk Peoples' Republic' for months.

Here's a screenshot from that livestream which shows the barricade and a sign saying "Donbass only with Russia!"

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Here's another screenshot from that livestream showing a fighter in front of their barricade saying that this is the Yugo Vostok (south east) battalion. He gives the cameraman a long explanation about how this isn't just "Vostok battalion" because "there's South-East. South. And East. Both!"

He was speaking with a Ukrainian accent and kept reiterating that he was Ukrainian.

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More reporting from the scene:


A reminder of how well armed these new arrivals are: