Bartlett, Eva Karene

2019 Oct 14 - 2:17pm
  In Krutaya Balka, a village north of Donetsk which is routinely attacked by Ukrainian forces with shelling and heavy machine gun fire, I meet a man standing outside his home, where he lives with his wife, roughly 600 metres from the front line.   To my question about where his home has been damaged he laughs, “Many times. Which house hasn’t been? The roof, the wall… from mortar fire and heavy machine gun fire.”  ...
Tags: Donbass, Ukraine
2019 Oct 10 - 8:33pm
North of Donetsk, I visit Krutaya Balka village, on the outskirts of Yasinovataya, another heavily hit area. The village is divided into two parts: one part exposed on the front-line, we can’t go there, the road leading to it is under sniper fire; the other half of the village is slightly further away, and has 15 people still living there, again mostly elderly. Just off a road prone to Ukrainian sniping, I interview Ryka, the young-...
Tags: Donbass, Ukraine
2019 Oct 10 - 6:06pm
Crimeans gather with Russian national and Crimea flags in Sevastopol, Crimea, March 14, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP Eva Bartlett traveled to Crimea to see firsthand out how Crimeans have fared since 2014 when their country reunited with Russia, and what the referendum was really like. October 9, 2019, Mint Press News SIMFEROPOL, CRIMEA — In early August I traveled to Russia for the first time, partly out of interest in seeing some of the...
Tags: Crimea, Russia
2019 Oct 7 - 10:02pm
  When in the Donetsk People’s Republic and visiting the Mine 6-7 area, I saw a school whose basement is now used as a shelter. There, I met an elderly couple who have been living in that dank, stinking, basement for six years, their home destroyed. Outside the battered school, Dmitry commented: “You see, each dot on the wall is from shrapnel. Of course there were direct hits also.” One of the direct hits is a hole in the roof of...
Tags: Donbass, Ukraine
2019 Oct 7 - 9:05pm
When in Moscow in August, I met Victoria Polikarpova, head of the International News Desk at Sputnik News, and Daria Gerasina, head of the English language newswire. Victoria was showing me around Sputnik and we got to speaking about the reflexive Russiophobic reaction some people have when it comes from news emanating from Sputnik (or RT.com). Victoria and Daria speak of the attacks (from the US mainly) on Sputnik and cognitive dissonance...
Tags: Russia
2019 Oct 7 - 6:10pm
In Simferopol, Crimea, in August, I met with Yuri Gempel, a Member of Parliament, and the Chairman of the Standard Commission on Inter-Ethnic Relations of the Parliament of Crimea. Excerpt from our conversation: “Crimea, under Ukraine, was robbed,” Gempel says. “Everything was taken by the government and representatives of the ruling elite of Ukraine. For the 23 years Crimea was a part of Ukraine, they robbed Crimea. Not a single kindergarten...
Tags: Crimea, Russia