Christoph Vanner is still tirelessly traveling around the east of Ukraine. Now he is in Kramatorsk. In this city, there were bloody battles between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian separatists for the airport. As a result, several people died. And this is how our correspondent assesses the situation there.
CHRISTOPH VANNER, correspondent N24: We are located in Kramatorsk, about a hundred kilometers north of Donetsk. Residents of this pro-Russian city restrain the Ukrainian armed forces, block roads. Before you are Ukrainian soldiers Tankswho arrived in the provincial cities of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk to defeat the invaders, pro-Russian activists. The pro-Western transitional government of Ukraine ordered the use of force against pro-Russian activists.
This man very obscenely urged the transitional government in Kiev to get out of here.
People in Kramatorsk and, in general, in the east of Ukraine want a regional referendum. They are in favor of voting on whether they want to stay with Ukraine or split off from it and join the Russian Federation. And until they achieve this referendum, government buildings ...
People here think that we are biased in covering events. Every now and then they accuse us of the fact that the West supports the position of Kiev, that it is completely biased and does not take into account the needs of residents of the east of Ukraine. We are constantly trying to convince them that we give an unbiased assessment and that we understand: the local residents have a great need. They have no prospects, no work. They feel robbed of Kiev, which takes itself taxes from regional incomes. The local population simply hopes for help from Moscow.
Released on 16 on April 2014.