A Year of Freedom. Mariupol after “DNR”: documentary video


Article by: Luda Anastazievsky

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The video “A Year of Freedom. Mariupol after ‘DNR’” made by Ivan Syniepalov for Public television of Azov presents an overview of the events that took place in the port city of Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine in the summer of 2014. At that time, a group of pro-Russian terrorists took over the city council and announced the birth of yet another “DNR” territory. The bandits attacked the military garrison and burned public buildings. Just like in Sloviansk and Luhansk, they brought lawlessness and fear to a previously peaceful Ukrainian city. On June 13, 2014 they were thrown out of Mariupol thanks to the joint operation of battalions Azov, Dnipro-1 battalions, and the National Guard.

On June 13, 2015 the residents of Mariupol celebrated their first anniversary of freedom from the “DNR” terrorists.

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  • Thomas Ferree

    Slava Ukrainia! Glory to the heroes! Citizens of Ukraine, stay strong together. Your country, your freedom, your sovereignty to determine the future of Ukraine is in your hands. Let no one ever take that away from you! Slava Ukrainia! Glory to the heroes and citizens of Ukraine.

  • Dean Venture

    Good video. I am always struck by the huge problems that seem to exist in the military chain of command. To have your own military corrupted by a foreign power must be a very bitter pill to swallow. I’m guessing by the better response to recent pushes in Maryinka that some of these problems have been fixed.

  • Paul

    Nicely executed operation. The fact that they re-took the city centre without loss of life was pretty remarkable. However, given the mentions of drug addicts among the DNR ranks and the disappearance of “Chechen” and his entourage, the city was obviously not as well-defended as Girkin, Zakharchenko and Putin would’ve liked.