Over the past 5 years, the evolution of red hats of the military command of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) has led to some unsettling results.
In the recent interview to Oplot TV, Press Secretary of the DPR Military Command Eduard Aleksandrovich Basurin made comments regarding the possible payment of compensations to volunteers that came to defend people of eastern Ukraine from the Kiev regime in 2014. While the amount or even possibility of such compensations could be a topic of the discussion, the depreciating manner in which the press secretary of the DPR Military Command answered to the question is telling itself.
Host: Eduard Aleksandorvich, please, tell how will be honored first volunteers that made a stand for the Donbass in 2014? And will a fund be created to really help veterans of our war, not by empty words and for a show?
Basurin: Wait. Here’s the deal. A person that took arms in 2014 to defend his relatives, motherland, homeland… you know… religion… Do we ought to him because he took arms? Then, why did he take them? He did that he had to do. If you ask for a material remuneration, why the fuck did you come there?
Host: As I understand, now the question is…
Basurin: No about this!
Host: …about people that sustained injuries…
Basurin: Wait, wait, wait. Let’s divide… If citizens do nothing for this, the state will also do nothing. You know the work concept of the bureaucracy, it should be pushed (motivated). It should see a direction of movement. If people do nothing, nothing will happen. People having not all limbs could be integrated with the society. Funds are needed for this. To help. There again, if people do nothing and just wait like a nestling that his father or mother will bring him goods and feed him, nothing will change.
DPR and LPR activists and even ordinary soldiers and officers regularly address the problem that DPR and LPR forces tied up by the Minsk ceasefire are forced to ignore regular artillery, anti-tank guided missile and mortar strikes by the Ukrainian military and pro-Kiev armed groups. However, now it seems that DPR and LPR red heads do not even want to treat the people dying on the frontline, especially those who first took arms to repel pro-Kiev forces, as heroes.
No volunteers asked money from the barely existing LPR and DPR leadership, when they came to defend the people of the Donbass in 2014. At the same time, particular groups and persons sitting deep behind the frontline, closer from the border, were freely spending money that they were collecting to ‘defend people’ and ‘create self-defense forces’.
In 2020, the situation is quite different. Many of the people that fought for the DPR and the LPR as volunteers received serve injures. In a majority of cases, they really need help to improve health and reintegrate into the society. Nonetheless, some representatives of DPR/LPR red hats seem to allow themselves to treat these people with indignity.
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