Will Mariupol’s “Tom” and “Huck” survive the Russian aggression in Ukraine?

Two Mariupol boys next to the rally to stop demilitarization of (withdrawal of troops from) the village of Shyrokyne, the final point of defense against Russian occupation forces taking their city (Image: 0629.com.ua)

Two Mariupol boys next to the rally to stop demilitarization of (withdrawal of troops from) the village of Shyrokyne, the final point of defense against Russian occupation forces taking their city (Image: 0629.com.ua) 

2015/05/03 • Image of the Day, War in the Donbas

Article by: A. N.

This photo was taken in the back of a large citizen rally in Mariupol. Please take a thorough look at the boys’ sallow and thin faces. For a year these two have been living next to a frontline with the Russian occupation force. Residential areas of the city sustained a bombardment by Russian artillery and dozens of civilians were killed. Despite the ceasefire and large-caliber artillery withdrawal agreed to in the Minsk II Accords, the Russian force continues their shellings and advancing to Mariupol. Only 6 miles (10 km) separate them from the city now. Lacking the modern weapons that could stop the advancing Putin forces, the Ukrainian federal government has proposed to demilitarize the frontline, for both sides to withdraw their forces from the village of Shyrokyne that has been the flashpoint of combat. Nobody is fooled by this desperate attempt at a diplomatic solution to preclude another loss of territory and humanitarian crisis in another large Ukrainian city.  Residents of Mariupol have been close enough to the war to know that Russia has yet to abide by the prior diplomatic commitments it made in Ukraine. They believe that Putin’s promises and commitments are worth nothing. They believe withdrawing Ukrainian defenders will just make it easier for the Russians to occupy the city. That is why they went on a rally to stop the proposed “demilitarization” of the frontline defending them.

A rally in Mariupol to stop demilitarization (withdrawal of troops) of the village of Shyrokyne, the city's final line of defense against Russian forces taking their city (Image: 0629.com.ua)

A rally in Mariupol to stop demilitarization (withdrawal of troops) of the village of Shyrokyne, the city’s final line of defense against Russian forces taking their city (Image: 0629.com.ua)

While the adults are struggling with their adult problems, these boys are trying to be boys. Their sallow and thin faces are marked with a bit of innate mischief and a desire for adventure. Their strong friendship is obvious, just like between the original Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn… And we pray to God or the Universe that they and all people of Mariupol survive Putin’s aggression.

 


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  • Rods

    With Russia as usual cheating on the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the constant cross-border military buildup of Russian troops and equipment which again breaks Minsk II, the people of Mariupol have every right to fear demilitarization.

    The coming spring offensive will not only be against Mariupol, but also taking as a minimum all of the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and maybe all of east Ukraine to the Dnieper river.

    It is about time the Ukrainian and Western politicians stopped dancing to Putins tunes and realised that there is a major conflict created, promoted and run by Putin in Europe and it is not going to go away or get better, only worse, with their appeasement.

    • Czech Friend

      remember: “there si no military solution!”

      Such is the obvious lie used by Merkel, Obama et al. They wouldn’t even dare make one reasonable thing Gen. Wesley Clar suggested. To load planes with arms and ready them near Ukraine. In case Putin breaks “the ceasefire” arms would be delivered within hours. Not even this!

      They do not realize it is them as well who can follow Putin to the Hague one day.

      • Brent

        Agreed! They are complicit with their silence. The have not said a word against Russia, yet Germany keeps demanding Ukraine abide by the Minsk treaties Germany forced on them. And Germany was a major supplier of arms and training to Russia’s army.

        • puttypants

          Not only that is happening but western media is turning on Ukraine. They were somewhat unbiased in the beginning now they are turning more and more pro-Russian. Interesting….Treacherous bastards.

          • LorCanada

            Nay, nay, it is all part of Pootlink’s Russian Media Propaganda Machine that works 24/7 spouting DISINFORMATION as usual over the internet, over the news sources and beyond.
            There ‘must’ be a place on the planet Pluto for the likes of Putin and his nefarious gang of henchmen. I hope that’s where they end up when they leave this realm.

          • puttypants

            I understand that but it doesn’t help to hope. Ukraine needs a strategy to beat them with the truth. I comment as often as possible but, here we’re simply talking to each other and Putin trolls. I don’t know that does much good. Promoting Russian culture is all over American media in very subtle ways. For example: For the last year Jeopardy a very popular weekly game show in America has a cultural question about Russia for their contenders. In Coffee shops they have questions for customers to answer and they get 10 cents off on their coffee…frequently about Russia…The menopoly (sp?) game asks what language is spoken in Ukraine…the right answer so the game says is Russian…I could go on and on about those kind of friendly Russian questions in USA.

          • LorCanada

            Thanks, it’s good to know. No doubt Pootie’s propaganda media machine is working full time. We’ll just have to do whatever we can to counter their erroneous influence even on our small scale ratio.
            I hear Putlink also contributes to radical parties in EU governments so the problem of their “infiltration” is widespread, unfortunately.
            Keep up the good work. It looks like the opposing forces in Russia are rallying more and more against Putin’s rule. That’s a good sign.