Interview with woman fighter in Lugansk Republic

first_imgWorkers World is publishing this interview with a young militia fighter in the Lugansk People’s Republic, conducted by Alexey Albu of the Ukrainian Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle). The interview was translated by WW contributing editor Greg Butterfield.By Alexey AlbuNadyezhda Kenich is 20 years old; she was born in Popasnaya, Lugansk region. When the Ukrainian army came to her land — here in Donbass these troops are considered occupiers — she took up arms. Thousands of young people, boys and girls, took up arms. For them, the struggle against fascism is not a phrase from the history books, and their everyday life is full of danger and heroism.20-year-old militia woman from Lugansk: ‘Fighting for a country where everyone will have equal rights’Alexey Albu: Nadya, tell us how you joined the militia?Nadyezhda Kenich: I joined the militia in April 2014 when the Kiev authorities sent Alpha riot police to our cities and towns. I began to actively help the people who rose in defense of Donbass. I took up arms on May 23, 2014, in Severodonetsk. I was 18 years old. I joined the regiment of Pavel Leonidovich Dremov.AA: What prompted you to go fight? After all, many of your contemporaries and peers left the war zone.NK: It so happened that Popasnaya remained under Ukrainian occupation, and all active participants of the anti-Maidan movement were declared wanted, including me. From the beginning, I started receiving threats from Ukrainian nationalists that my family would be killed, that my sister would be allowed to stew … you know, everyone saw what happened in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and we didn’t want the same thing to happen in Popasnaya. I have a little sister; I don’t want her sitting in jail. I want the people to be able to live quietly in their town, calmly walk into the forest, and not be afraid of explosions, the whistle of bullets … that our children would never have to see what happened in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and other hot spots at that time. Naturally, I couldn’t put up with it and took up arms. I just couldn’t act differently. All my friends say they are not surprised by the fact that I’m here,\ because I’m always trying to stand up for other people. I have a very keen sense of justice. Probably so (laughs).I really resent that many local men fled to Crimea and other regions of Russia. I understand when women or teenagers leave. Although many teens are here with us and help however they can, for example, repairing equipment. And many who could take up arms, unfortunately, abandoned us.AA: What do you do in the militia? What’s included in your tasks?NK: I am now in a howitzer division. Since I spent two months learning from the signal operator, I make the connection, do the adjustment of fire. Prior to that, I spent six months in intelligence.AA: What was the worst moment during your service?NK: In the town of Pervomaysk early last August. There had already been fighting in the city. [The Ukrainian army] came to the city, blockaded the roads with their armored vehicles, and set up snipers on the outskirts. We arrived, disorganized, and scattered in all directions — some into the woods, some on the outskirts, some on the streets, trying to figure out what’s going on. … And I began working as a sniper. I was just given a “scope” (on a helmet) at a moment’s notice, but I took it because most were engaged in other tasks. And when the shooting started, I fell under a tree and tried to escape. I hid my head behind a branch. And at that moment a bullet whistled past the branch where I was trying to hide, and a piece of branch scratched my nose. At this point, my insides turned upside down. I realized that I was born under a lucky star. Neither the “grads” or “cornflowers” — both of which have exploded quite close to me — nothing compares to that moment. I will remember it for the rest of my life.AA: Did you take prisoners?NK: I had to participate in their arrest. I didn’t take anyone independently. We detained various subversive groups, spotters. … As a rule, the information about them is given by local residents. We watched them, and if the information was confirmed — we detained them. Captured their safe houses, cellars where they were hiding. Then, however, they start whining that they got here accidentally, that it’s a misunderstanding. AA: During detention and interrogation, did you torture? How are prisoners of war treated?NK: During the arrest, force is only used in case of resistance. And at the interrogations we always start talking neutrally. Thirsty — please drink. The toilet — no questions asked. Cigarettes — take. The food was the same that we ourselves ate. But during questioning, if we have irrefutable evidence, and the person refuses to talk, it is necessary to speak in a different tone. But, of course, no needles under fingernails, no poking with sticks, no hanging on the rack or ears cut off (laughs).AA: Can you tell me about any specific case?NK: I remember a case when we detained a spotter. We watched him for a long time We had irrefutable evidence that he was involved in the shelling of peaceful neighborhoods. So during his interrogation, he began to tell me that he accidentally got here, lost in Severodonetsk, and was not involved in the war — even though we found topographic maps and a passport with a residence permit for Kherson. It was obvious that he was trying to make fools of us. In the passport, we found a picture of his family. We showed him and asked: “Don’t you want to see them again? We’ll lock you in the cellar and you won’t know when you’ll be able to see them. Is your service to the state worth it? Let’s work together somehow.” Apparently, it worked on him heavily, and he confessed everything. He said that his military superiors warned that if he disobeyed, they would destroy his family. So he agreed to carry out their orders.AA: You saw the Ukrainian neo-Nazis?NK: Yes, several times through the scope (laughs). I can tell you about the first. We watched one group; they were photographed with arms and a flag on which was a fascist cross. I was so upset at the time for my great-grandfather, who was killed by the Nazis, that I quickly sent him to Valhalla. Many say you will be tormented with remorse or that it will haunt your dreams, but nothing of the kind has happened to me. I do not regret a single gram. A good Nazi is a dead Nazi.AA: What would you like to say to the Ukrainian authorities?NK:  (Censored.) Stop thinking about yourself. There are people’s lives at stake. Enough of filling their pockets with money from the war. You know, as they say, happiness can’t be built on someone else’s misfortune. We all understand that war is big money. They are earning millions from our lives.AA: What would you like to say to the Ukrainian troops standing on the other side of the front?NK: If they are draftees, we all understand that they did not come willingly; they were sent. Still, I believe that each of them has a choice: remain a slave or think for themselves about what is happening. If they do not agree with the ruling regime in Ukraine, they can stand shoulder to shoulder with us. By the way, many of them understand the situation and go over to our side. I can’t say en masse, but there are such cases.AA: What are you fighting for?NK: For my family, for the people of the town, for freedom, for a new country.AA:  What would you like to see after the victory?NK: Everything as it was before.AA: As before — like under Yanukovich? Or as in the Soviet Union or in Tsarist Russia?NK:  I would like to have peace, return to when there was order, [when] everyone had a job, had an opportunity to realize themselves. When all young people had the opportunity to go to college and get an education, and all pensioners received a normal pension, not pennies.AA: What should this new country look like?NK: I want to see a country where everyone will have equal rights, where all people will have the opportunity to create a family, to provide for it and live normally. A country where the elderly won’t have to dig through garbage for food or young people become chronic drunkards. I’d like to see a country where the power belongs to the people, honest and decent people, not the oligarchs, speculators and hucksters. And I’m sure it will happen.Source: tinyurl.com/oj3hv9uFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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San Marino Says Santa (and You, Too) Can Park Overnight Without Getting a Ticket, Temporarily

first_imgGovernment San Marino Says Santa (and You, Too) Can Park Overnight Without Getting a Ticket, Temporarily Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 3:38 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS San Marino’s police officers won’t be issuing tickets to anyone parking overnight in the city starting December 23 until January 3, 2017, the San Marino Police Department announced Tuesday.In an email, San Marino police said they will not be enforcing overnight parking restrictions starting Friday night. Parking enforcement for overnight parking will resume on the evening of Wednesday, January 4.“We hope this relaxation period will make it easier to celebrate the Holidays with family and friends,” the advisory said. “Happy Holidays from the men and women at the San Marino Police Department!”Meanwhile, the department reminds San Marino residents and visitors to “Always remember to hide it, lock it, keep it! If you see something, say something.”For more information, call the San Marino Police Department at (626) 300-0720. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Make a comment HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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Text Alerts Keep Kids, Parents on Track For College Prep

first_imgHoosier teens and their parents can stay on top of college preparations through “Trip to College Alerts.” Photo provided by the Indiana Youth Institute.With 83 percent of teens having cell phones and more than half of them texting daily, what better way to keep them informed about what’s necessary to get into college than with texts? According to Kate Coffman, project director for College and Career Counseling at the Indiana Youth Institute, that’s what “Trip to College Alerts” are all about.“For instance, a 10th-grader this month was reminded about the upcoming PSAT and that they needed to register for that,” she cited. “A junior might be reminded about SAT or ACT deadlines. But younger students, we talk to them about the classes they need to take in high school to be prepared.”There is no charge for the service, unless a cell phone plan doesn’t cover texting. Coffman said that to sign up for the alerts, text the word “grad” and the 4-digit year of graduation to 69979.Coffman noted that the “Trip to College Alerts” also are helpful for parents to receive.“Their biggest fear is that they’re going to miss something and that mistake is going to cost their student either the chance to be admitted or the chance to get the financial aid they need to make it possible,” she said.The college prep counselor added that the texts are also a way to help kids who don’t believe they can get to college, to give them inspiration and useful information to make it happen.Coffman said feedback from the pupils in their pilot program was dramatic.“One hundred percent of them would recommend it to a friend and 70 percent of them had clicked through to the different links we provided,” she said. “We even had some of the parents sign up and the parents’ feedback was really positive.”Coffman said more information about the texting service and staying on pace for college is available at TripToCollege.org.last_img read more

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Super Bowl 53: Todd Gurley to split workload vs. Patriots with C.J. Anderson, report says

first_img Related News Todd Gurley’s touches are expected to be lower than usual Sunday.While speaking on “NFL GameDay Morning,” NFL Insider Ian Rapoport suggested the Rams running back “won’t be the workhorse” for Los Angeles in Super Bowl 53 and will likely share carries with fellow rusher C.J. Anderson against the Patriots. Super Bowl 53: How 2018 Rams compare to the Greatest Show on Turf From @NFLGameDay: #Rams RB Todd Gurley won’t be the workhorse today (https://t.co/eWPtiOT4KC), as he’ll likely split carries with CJ Anderson — who the #Rams want back for 2019. pic.twitter.com/QsIZhJ6aMR— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 3, 2019During the regular season, Gurley had 20 or more carries in six of his first 12 games. However, he’s coming off a knee injury that lowered his numbers and caused him to miss the team’s final two games with inflammation. Still, Rams coach Sean McVay is confident he’ll be 100 percent Sunday.Gurley finished third among NFL running backs with 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns in 14 games. He’s added 125 yards and two scores in the postseason, though he had a career-low five touches and gained just 13 yards in L.A.’s overtime win over the Saints in the NFC championship.The Rams and Patriots kick off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 6:30 p.m. ET.center_img “Well, Todd Gurley was not on the Injury Report this week, so officially he is healthy, but we know that his knee is not quite right,” Rapoport said.”His surgically-repaired knee from a couple of years ago has limited him at various points this season. I talked to running backs coach Skip Peete earlier in the week. He said he actually told Gurley, ‘the workload you had before you took a little break, week 16 and 17, you can’t do that anymore.’ They do expect there to be a little sharing of the carries between C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley.” Saints fans will receive free Jeni’s Ice Cream on Super Bowl Sunday after Sean Payton’s commentslast_img read more

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