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Slaviansk: Civilians Under Attack

Six-year-old Polina Sladkaya became the latest lodger of the Slaviansk morgue. She was killed on June 8 by a Ukrainian mortar shell. Everyone knows that morgue workers are not distressed by the sight of dead bodies, because of a natural coping mechanism. But even the morgue workers wept when they saw this blonde-haired toddler with shell fragments imbedded in her stomach, legs, and temple.

But now, the Slaviansk city morgue is closed. It cannot function anymore because of the frequent blackouts. The victims' bodies are buried on the day of death, since the heat is unbearable and the city is facing an outbreak of disease. Funeral agencies stopped working long ago, it is simply too dangerous. Volunteers are now in charge of the burials. It was probably the volunteers who days ago, buried three elderly people from the village of Vostochny. Husband and wife Olga and Vladimir Chernikov and Raisa Gulak. They were killed in their own homes. Journalists, the representatives of an untouchable profession, Anton Voloshin and Igor Kornelyuk from All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (VGTRK) were killed under the pinpoint fire of Ukrainian mortars. All this is still referred to as a "counterterrorist operation".

When Pyotr Poroshenko promised to stop the bombardment in a week, the Russian publicist and philosopher Egor Holmogorov aptly pointed out that the promise is equivalent to a direct order to annihilate as many civilians in a week as possible. The later events only confirmed the rightness of Holmogorov's remarks.

What is the point of this cruel bombardment of the civilian population? Experts are united in their opinion about the cynical goal of the bombardment - to make the civilians turn against their own militia. But it had the completely opposite effect. With every passing day, the people of Novorossiya are more and more certain that they made the right choice through their referendum, since you can never recognize a government that bombards you.

Novorossiya will resist to the end, it simply has no other choice. On June 11, the acting minister of defense of Ukraine Mikhail Koval announced at the ministerial meeting that after the defeat of the uprising, "special filtration measures" will be used against the people of the South East who will be resettled in different regions of Ukraine. The probable plan is to settle the Ukrainian-speaking inhabitants of Galicia, loyal to the Kiev regime, in the resource-rich South East. Kiev is practical in its own way. But this is the practicality of a cannibal.

Every day it is more and more dangerous to deliver humanitarian aid like medicine, bandages, and non-perishable goods to Novorossiya from Russia. Charitable organizations do it all by themselves, sending off vehicles on the so-called "corridors" to Novorossiya, which still does not receive aid on the official level from Russia. And if these "corridors" stop functioning, the effect will be appalling. 

Is there a force left, that could stop the genocide of the Russian population in Ukraine? How long will Moscow sit on its hands? Life did not yet provide the answers.

Elena Chudinova

Russian novelist Elena Chudinova is an outspoken critic of Islam and Muslim immigration.  Her article was translated by Chronicles contributor Eugene Girin.

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