Category talk:Donbass

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  • Anton Belikov on Puchkov 'ReconInterview' (Разведопрос) talk show -video (Rus). , Jan 11, 2017. Anton Belikov is a philosophy Ph.D. with a background in painting, and is far from any military topics. He visited DPR recently to see life there, and describes what he saw as 'scary'. There are lively bars and all that goes with it in central Donetsk, but further towards the front line is 'an edge of the night' and it is 'scary'. He talks about shelling by Ukraine every night, damaged multi-storey buildings, with central heating knocked off, inhabited by old people who have nowhere to go, etc. He says he does not understand why Ukraine continues this shelling, there are no troops there. Describes visits by OSCE to see craters, with fresh smell of explosion, but OSCE declaring damage to be old. Claims that some OSCE rep from Canada was in some sort of leading position until recently and had family persecuted for war crimes in USSR, implying bias; this part is strange; I do not recognize who among OSCE he talks about, do not recall OSCE leaders mentioned in reports and being from Canada, apart from observers on the ground, perhaps. It is possible that observers on the ground is what matters, not the leaders. Alexander Hug is often on photos of OSCE visits, as if he is always there; but perhaps not, and some others could be in charge too. There are curious user comments to this youtube video, some claiming to be from DPR, and giving rather bleak assessment of all sides involved. --Resup (talk) 09:30, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
It seems he's talking about the OSCE's Ukraine mission spokesperson Michael Bociurkiw, who has a German wikipedia page but no English one. Footnote 2 has an article in Russian and German translation about him and his father Bogdan Rostislaw Bociurkiw, who was apparently a leading member in Bandera's organization before taking the rat line to Canada. --CE (talk) 14:56, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, did not know about it. Sufficiently controversial but not often mentioned. He was listed as contact, with address in Kiev, on older OSCE SMM bulletins, now it's somebody else. Turns out, there was a publication here and also here back in July 2014 about this, by Georgii Kolarov, from Moscow State University; and there is Ukrainian wikipedia entry about the father. Both agree that he worked for Ukrainian nationalist movement (details not provided), and later was arrested by Gestapo. Moved to Canada and had a career in Ukrainian-Russian studies and goverment. (Curiously, article author, Georgii Kolarov, is said to be said to be a descendant of Bulgarian communist leader Vasil Kolarov...).
  • Sightings: June 2, 2014; said to be among the first at MH17 crash scene; here seen with Alexander Hug (date/place uncertain); could be him or somebody else here with Alexander Hug, published August 12, 2016.--Resup (talk) 13:17, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

Graham Phillips interviews OSCE...

--Resup (talk) 13:17, 14 January 2017 (UTC)