Все в ленте fif цитируют интервью Стрелкова
Поцитирую и я:
Батальоны нацгвардии стали прибывать на поле боя. Они изначально были мотивированы: рассматривали противника, то есть нас, как московских наёмников. Они были уверены. что мы все присланы из России. А то, что у нас в Славянске 90% были местные, донбассовцы, не хотели даже верить.
Western officials and the Ukrainian government insist that Russians have led, organized and equipped the fighters.
A deeper look at the 12th Company — during more than a week of visiting its checkpoints, interviewing its fighters and observing them in action against a Ukrainian military advance here on Friday — shows that in its case neither portrayal captures the full story.
The rebels of the 12th Company appear to be Ukrainians but, like many in the region, have deep ties to and affinity for Russia. They are veterans of the Soviet, Ukrainian or Russian Armies, and some have families on the other side of the border. Theirs is a tangled mix of identities and loyalties.
Further complicating the picture, while the fighters share a passionate distrust of Ukraine’s government and the Western powers that support it, they disagree among themselves about their ultimate goals. They argue about whether Ukraine should redistribute power via greater federalization or whether the region should be annexed by Russia, and they harbor different views about which side might claim Kiev, the capital, and even about where the border of a divided Ukraine might lie.
Residents of Slovyansk paying their respects at a memorial, set up at the bottom of a Lenin statue, to four pro-Russian demonstrators who recently died.
Several fighters shook their heads at the idea, commonly circulated by their opponents, that they have been paid by Russia, by oligarchs or by anybody else. “This is not a job,” said one fighter, Dmitry. “It is a service.” Mauricio Lima for The New York Times