How is broadcasting "Don TR", 65 journalists from 30 foreign media arrived in the Rostov region on the initiative of the Association of Foreign Correspondents accredited in Russia. Their goal is to personally familiarize themselves with the situation of refugees in the border region. Many of the correspondents who arrived knew Russian and therefore communicated with the settlers without translators. The Don Governor met with journalists at a press conference.
“Don TR” notes that the governor, representatives of the FMS and the border guards and the Emergencies Ministry once again had to explain to Western journalists that the citizens of Ukraine did not come to Russia to visit relatives, as some US State Department employees believe.
“Let them come and see for themselves. We are open to this. If you mark any point on the map of the Rostov region, I personally will take it and show you how it looks in reality, ”said the governor of the Rostov region, Vasily Golubev.
In total, in the Rostov region, according to official data, has found shelter in excess of 25 thousands of refugees. Most of them live in apartments and houses of ordinary citizens. According to the “unofficial” data, there are three times more Ukrainians in the region, settled with their relatives. Foreign journalists, accustomed to believing psi Gesdep's mouthpiece, asked about the number, not allowing the Russian “version” to be so different from the version of the US Department of State.
The head of the region suggested that foreign journalists stay in the Rostov region and study the situation with refugees in detail. He hopes that “alternative” information will be announced in the Western press.
And some responses to the wish of the governor have already appeared.
TVC cites the material of the correspondent of the Spanish TV channel "24 hours" Luis Perez Lopez. The journalist told the world about the fate of several Ukrainian families.
“Julia and Aleksey left Lugansk with two children. They took two bags of clothes with them. Julia is pregnant. The couple decided that their child should not be born under the sound of exploding shells, ”says Comrade Lopez.
And here is another material, also illuminated "TVC".
“While the army is on the attack, thousands of Ukrainians are fleeing to Russia” - this is the title of the story on ABC News from an American, Kirit Radia.
And even the viewers of CNN were able to make sure that the residents of the South-East did not “go to the grandmothers for the summer”. “The Russian authorities say that as the operation in the Southeast is gaining momentum, and under the control of the army, more and more settlements appear, the number of refugees is growing rapidly,” said the American television channel Phil Black.
Major German edition «Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung» published a material in which it is reported that the recent “fatal incident” on the border between Ukraine and Russia exacerbated tensions between the two states (during the attack on Sunday morning, one Russian citizen was killed, and the Russian Foreign Ministry described the incident as an aggression against the population of the Russian Federation; protest was transferred to the Ukrainian side).
The correspondent of the German newspaper notes that a series of air attacks carried out in the east of the country put the Ukrainian government in a ridiculous position. Kiev issued information that about a thousand separatists were killed in the "epicenter" near the border with Russia. In total, the Ukrainian Air Force made 16 sorties. However, the separatists denied both statements - about one thousand killed, and sixteen raids. The rebels, they said, did not suffer any serious losses.
“The murder of a thousand insurgents would undoubtedly be a large-scale massacre of people in the conflict, still going on in Ukraine,” the newspaper writes. “But the international community, apparently, did not take seriously this message about an extremely large number of victims: no reaction was noticeable.”
The reaction of the "international community" is still there, but it is different. Not the one that was expected in Kiev.
The sharp escalation of the crisis forced the United States to urge Petro Poroshenko to hold talks on a cease-fire. US Vice President Joe Biden himself phoned Poroshenko. In addition, the German edition notes, German Chancellor Angela Merkel also personally called Poroshenko and called for proportionality between the measures applied and the protection of civilians. She also insists on Poroshenko’s negotiations with Putin.
Report in "New York Times" Sabrina Tavernis is dedicated to the problems of the Donetsk region: due to the coming attacks of the Ukrainian military, a mass exodus of citizens from the millionth Donetsk began. The streets of the city are empty, restaurants are closed, windows are boarded up with plywood - “as if waiting for a hurricane.”
The journalist points out that the route of refugees often depends on political convictions. Those who sympathize with the rebels, as a rule, leave for Russia. But many also go to Kiev or to some cities in the south-east of Ukraine.
“Do you think they are going on vacation with their grandparents?” - Said one anonymous author at the railway station. - Not. They want to buy a ticket to any station. Destination does not matter. "
В friend reportage this Sabrina Tavernis writes about the suburb of Donetsk - Marinka.
The correspondent talks about how Ukrainian security forces on Friday evening shelled residential buildings located near the rebel base. A man who watched TV in his living room was killed. In total, as a result of the attack, five civilians were killed and four wounded.
“Pigs,” says a man with gray hair, wiping away tears. People just slept in their beds. ”
The house number six on Zavodskoy street was badly damaged. In the wall gaping hole, exposing the living room. The door lies on top of a large pile of curtains, cabinets and bricks, the journalist writes.
Igor Nersisyan is a pensioner who lived on the second floor of this house. He said that he helped her neighbor dig out from under the rubble of her husband, Viktor Belotserkovny, early Saturday morning. He was already dead: the upper part of his skull was cut by an explosion.
“They are trying to destroy peaceful people,” said Nersisyan about the actions of the Ukrainian military.
A resident of the same house, Olga Gavrilovna, puts in her tiny kitchen the thawed food from the refrigerator in a bag. She has frozen chicken in her hands. The contents of the kitchen cabinets are on the floor. The windows in the windows are broken.
“I just can’t think now,” she says, taking a blank look at the kitchen. “What can I say?”
A certain “Ukrainian military officer”, who concealed his name, declared that the Ukrainian army did not have close enough artillery positions. According to him, their artillery simply would not have reached Marinka.
And here is an article from Washington Post - about the same Marinka.
It is reported that at least four people died here at night - during the shelling of the suburb by the Ukrainian military.
“Even the fascists did not do this! So many civilians ... - said a resident who introduced herself Valentina Mikhailovna. - See what happens! Dead, dead, dead people! ”
Journalists are also reminded that the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, swore an oath to avenge the death of 19 soldiers who died as a result of a rebel attack near the border with Russia.
"For every life of our soldier, the militants will pay dozens and hundreds of their lives," said Poroshenko.
So, having looked through the pages of Western newspapers, we can state: the attitude of the Western media, and indeed the West in general, to the actions of the “legitimate” Poroshenko is changing. The White House and Germany are already calling the candy king for peace, and the European and American press writes sympathetically about those who suffered in the Donetsk region. Refugees in the Rostov region are no longer considered "guests of grandmothers." As for Poroshenko, this incarnate Old Testament practice is ready, apparently, to drink the blood of the people with pots and baths ...
Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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