Aftermath of the Ukrainian shelling in the Donbass region, Feb. 22, 2022.
Home destroyed by Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk, February 22, 2022. [Source: telesurenglish.net]

The U.S. media and Washington political establishment has been unified in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and in lauding the Ukrainian resistance.

Censored reports from the Donbass in Eastern Ukraine, however, make clear that the war was started eight years ago by Ukraine–after its legitimate government was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup (known as the Maidan revolution), and the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces voted to secede.

Patrick Lancaster is an American video-journalist and U.S. Navy veteran fluent in Russian who has reported from the Donbass since 2014.

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Patrick Lancaster [Source: facebook.com]

His latest video posted on March 10 shows how people living on the edge of Donetsk, one kilometer from the Ukrainian position in Peski, have been subjected to constant shelling by the Ukrainian military over the last eight years and have had to survive living underground in bomb shelters.

A map showing the Donetsk and Luhansk regions
[Source: voanews.com]
Oksana, 40, moved to her building's basement in Donetsk, Ukraine, when fighting broke out nearby last July. "I am really scared. I'm afraid of going out, of going anywhere."
Oksana, 40, forced to live in an underground shelter for years owing to the Ukrainian army onslaught funded by the U.S. [Source: unhcr.org]

Last Thursday, Ukrainian army shells struck a children’s playground, a football field and state building near the post office—prompting residents to flee as it was “scary to stay here now.” Earlier a residential neighborhood had been struck by a grad missile, while other Ukrainian army attacks destroyed schools.

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Ukrainian soldier prepared rocket to launch on Donetsk [Source: tass.com]

According to Danya, a young man Lancaster interviewed, the Ukrainian army did not have exact targets but “just shoots and don’t care where it lands.”

Another woman said that the targets that were hit “were not new targets. In 2014, they shelled here too. Exactly in this place. The same coordinates. Torturing us all these eight years.”

Fighting back tears, the woman continued: “They shoot and shoot and we still stay in our houses, with our children, with dogs…the children stay at home, in basements, running through broken windows, do not go to school, the whole day they sit at home. And I come from work now, I barely managed to work…how can we live in such conditions? Its been war here since 2014 and we haven’t left. And there’s no end, and no truth from anybody. They shoot with no break. In the daytime, in the morning, in the night, in the evening with no stop.”

Lancaster was taken into a cellar where families had been living for the last eight years. A woman told him that her daughter had been born on June 26, 2014, and that the war began in her village on July 19. She has “now been sitting here for over 7 years without leaving, a real child of war.”

These comments contradict the official narrative in the U.S. about Russian aggression on February 24 and show that Ukraine is not the moral beacon that the media presents it to be. Ukraine not only instigated the war but has committed significant war crimes. The victims are considered unworthy of public sympathy because the U.S. is behind their suffering—having helped orchestrate the 2014 coup that precipitated the conflict while providing Ukraine with a continuous flow of military aid.


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17 COMMENTS

  1. In reference to the Television News Outlet Telesur, this news group is a very controversial news group. I encourage readers to do some research to learn more about Telesur

  2. Thanks for some unbiased journalism. The genocide in Ukraine will go unreported by the MSM. Our kids’ textbooks won’t have any facts. We will all need to consciously combat propaganda.

  3. Thanks for comments. I changed lead photo having found one from telesur which clearly showed what Lancaster’s reports described–Ukrainian army shelling of Donetsk, including civilian buildings and neighborhoods which is a war crime. Its hard to find images in western media because of a virtual blackout.

  4. In reference to the picture of a school “shelled by Ukrainian military”, using the Google Image search feature I found the exact same picture on 5 other news sights and each of these sights described the shelling as having been done by Russian backed military. For example one sight had the following description ” A damaged school building is reportedly the result of shelling by Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.
    Humanitarian Mission Proliska/EPA” It is possible the five other sights are wrong and you are right but I felt that I should share this information as a point of interest.

    • I read the article in Fortune Magazine that the writer is using as his reference and nowhere in the article does it say that the Ukrainians were responsible for the shelling of the school. So I think that caption should be removed form the article.

    • A massage therapist told me in the 20-teens that Russia was bombing Ukraine, having heard this on PBS, one presumes the NewsHour that cesspit of propaganda. I told her it was the western Ukrainians bombing eastern Ukraine.

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