When war broke out in Ukraine, German freelance journalist Alina Lipp was reporting from the center of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Lipp, whose father is Russian and mother is German, moved to Donetsk several years ago.
On the day Russian President Putin announced the special military operation in Ukraine, it was very quiet in Donetsk, reports Lipp. She explains that explosions could be heard in the area, but residents are used to this. “People here really want to belong to Russia, and they are celebrating the current situation.”
I’ve heard how the Western media reports on the current situation, “Evil Russia is attacking Ukraine,” states Lipp. “It’s very difficult to explain if you aren’t familiar with the topic, she explains, “but you need to understand that Russia has been asking for eight years that the Minsk agreement be upheld.”
Ukraine did not adhere to the 12-point ceasefire deal between Ukraine and the Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, reports Lipp. “Nor did they approach the Donbas region in an attempt to come to an agreement.” Ukrainian leaders would not even meet Donbas leaders.
Instead, they have violated the Minsk agreement since 2014. Ukraine has been bombing the people’s republics in Donbassa, she reports. The Ukrainian army shoots at civilians who have to live in entirely shot-up houses, notes Lipp.
“Many people have died, including children. That’s the reason people are celebrating here about what’s going on now. They see it as a liberation. It’s finally over. They have suffered for eight years, constantly under bombardment. Constantly living in fear”, Lipp reported.
She added that the Western media has completely ignored the fact that the republics have seceded because a Nazi government in Kyiv chased out the former president in Kyiv and since then has been terrorizing the Russian population.
Lipp’s helped her 76,000 subscribers on Telegram better understand the conflict between Ukraine and the people of Donbas, with the following hypothetical example:
Just try to imagine that in 2014 a nationalist-oriented group chased out Merkel, set themselves up in Parliament, and declared that German is no longer the official language.
Following that, some German states then secede from Germany because they don’t accept that — this illegal National Socialist government.
Imagine, for example, if Russia started to support this Nazi government. Russia starts to send government officials, sending people like Klitschko. Basically publicly supporting everything that happens. Even though they are clearly supporting Nazis, right in the middle of Europe. This is exactly what has been going on in Kyiv since 2014.
So then, one fine day, these National Socialists in the German government, they start to terrorize those German states that seceded, with heavy artillery. They start bombarding small towns. A real sniper war. That’s what has been going on for the last eight years, and it’s not just the militias that have formed to defend the Donbas republics.
Snipers are shooting civilians. People who are on their way to work.
‘The West Supports This’
A woman told her that Ukrainian soldiers were shooting at children and school buses. “I’ve seen many schools that have been shot down with my own eyes,” she says. “And the West supports this.”
As reported previously at RAIR Foundation USA, Russia released several interviews with people from the Donbas region who explains how the Ukrainian military has been attacking Donbas Russians for eight years.
“That’s why people here in Donbas, especially here in Donetsk, seen as the capital, are extremely thankful that Russia finally did something. Finally, the people here have been liberated from the terror that they’ve been experiencing for the last eight years”, stressed the journalist.
Watch the following report by journalist Alina Lipp which has been translated by RAIR,