Mariupol appeals to the EU citizens

Demonstration to support Ukraine in the city of Mariupol after Grad rocket shelling by Russian forces, Jan-24-2015

Demonstration to support Ukraine in the city of Mariupol after Grad rocket shelling by Russian forces, Jan-24-2015 

War in the Donbas

Yesterday morning the sound of heavy artillery exploding in our area woke the entire city up. Tomorrow, the city could wake up and discover it has been occupied.

From the moment the Russian armed forces entered the Ukrainian city of Novoazovsk seven days ago, some half a million people in the nearby industrial town of Mariupol are preparing for war.

To be more exact they are preparing a resistance to the Russian-led war. Students have left their studies to join the ranks of the battalion of territorial defence in order to protect their native city.

The people of Mariupol are bringing warm clothing, food, building materials, flak jackets and helmets to their self-organized headquarters. Using their own shovels, regular citizens are digging trenches; trenches that are supposed to protect them from the invading heavy artillery of the invading Russian army. These are not the middle ages, but Europe in the 21st Century!

Surely, Russia will use its powerful information channels to tell you about the Kyiv junta” and of “the liberation of Russian speaking people of the Southeast.  If these claims were true, how is one then to understand the trenches, camouflage and bomb shelters? Is this the manner in which liberators are welcomed? No, this is how people welcome an aggressor. This is how people are preparing against occupation by the Russian army.

We are citizens of our city and we are using our right to self-defence. One must not put too much hope into the ceasefire recently negotiated in Minsk. Unfortunately, we are dealing with those who are accustomed to violating their agreements.

By way of this letter, we appeal to the citizens of cities in the European Union. Please, look at how desperately how the people of Mariupol are struggling for their freedom; how devotedly they are responding to the aggression of a much more powerful aggressor. Would you not also do the same if Russian tanks suddenly were to appear in your city?

This is exactly the reason why we are turning to you with a plea to support Mariupol and show solidarity with us – as we stand against the Putin’s bloody campaign and show we are capable of defence. The manner in which you will show solidarity with us is up to you. Do anything, write to us or even an open letter to Russia’s government, organize a Twitter-storm or a press conference. Of course, such actions will not stop Putin, but – at least – it will help the truth be heard in this terrible war. Today, just like in the Soviet times, Russia is “liberating” people using its tanks while simple people risk their lives to protect their freedom.

It is necessary to be honest with one’s self. Europe is too weak to stop Russia, but it should – at least – demonstrate its support by acknowledging the situation for what it is. Whoever is not afraid to address the atrocities of Putin’s war, please do! Should this desperate plea be ignored and Russian tanks enter our city, you as “formerly free European citizens” will also be partially to blame for the war.


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  • Murf

    God be with you in these troubled times. you will be in my prayers.
    Best regards form the US

  • Shame

    You poor people you have evil neighbours from hell with no conscience or morals. Russians are the most hated people in the world.

  • Kruton

    Full mobilization now! Round up traitors now!

  • Dean Venture

    “Surely, Russia will use its powerful information channels to tell you
    about the “Kyiv junta” and of “the liberation of Russian speaking people
    of the Southeast.”

    On this, I wouldn’t worry too much. All of the people I’ve spoken to know that Russia constantly lies. I think the ‘vacationing soldiers’ was the last straw for people who might otherwise have harboured some doubt. They have lost all of their credibility. Even Russians are beginning to see this. How many of their soldiers have died with strokes and heart attacks over the past couple of months?

    Russia should really stop lying, because they’re horrible at it! With all the practice they’ve had, you would think they’d be pros! It offends me that their government would think anyone was that stupid.

    • azzzy

      Sadly, there are many who do believe the lies. Even some well-known people who ordinarily show plenty of critical thinking and fact-based judgement (like Bill Maher of Real Time, for example) have fallen for Russian-spun fairy-tales of 97% of Crimeans approving of joining Russia or that the war in the east of Ukraine is an internal ethnicity-based conflict. The more facts are exposed the more difficult it will make to full people.

  • W8post

    Why is ‘VK’ blocked?

    • W8post

      You gave a link on the ‘VK-site’ and it’s blocked; either VK is taken out or the link is dead.

  • Conan Edogawa SCL

    Go Ukraine.

  • Pro Ukrajina

    i support ukraine.

  • Meron Kuka

    Has God Forsaken Ukraine or is it that the EU, UK, US, NATO and the rest of the Alliance for Peace is to blame for turning their backs? Such great emphasis was put on the meeting of the Alliance in Wales and the expectation that it would show some backbone, but the Worlds peace loving nations see no real true justice for peace against an aggressor, only a gathering so as to have their photo taken. Putin still turns his nose at the Alliance. The facts are that Putin/Russia has broken every agreement with the West that he/it has been involved in. Please answer me, “Why have you Forsaken Ukraine who only wishes peace and to be a part of the EU, and to not live up to your promises/guarantees of maintaining Ukraine’s borders?” The Russians need to be pushed back to the border, and as for the so called separatists (who really are Russians invaders put into place to start this war as a smokescreen. Please HELP immediately, not when it is too late.

  • jack dunster

    good luck – those in power in the west, however, are too busy worshiping the great god money to help much…. i wonder how many kissed Putin’s arse when they sold their souls to him?

  • Trueteller

    We have shameless and stupid leaders in EU,but even they will see in one moment that faith of Ukraine is faith of Europe.I am afraid that we will see more Ukrainian blood and deads before this.I pray and hope no,I really want awakening of Europe and US to act morally and to defend interest of all of us,Ukrainian citizens,and own citizens.We are for it.Every poll in every European country show that citizens want confrontation with Russia with a cost for life standard and others prices.Later price will be much bigger.Citizens know this,but our leaders are playing games with security of Europe and world because they don”t (didn”t) want stop the evil from Russia.