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By Ollie Richardson

Ever since the coup d’etat in Kiev at the hands of the United States back in February 2014, the Donbass region of Ukraine has been subjected to daily shelling by the Ukrainian Army. Despite the active mechanisms that are tied to the UN Security Council, Poroshenko and his fellow war criminal friends continue to add to the already long list of war crimes.

With the region experiencing a lull in the fighting due to an active “ceasefire” regime, Stalkerzone asked Zak Novak, a volunteer from the USA, a few questions concerning what life is like in Donbass and general trends concerning the current mood inside the people’s Republics .

Tell us a little bit about your initial thoughts and feelings when you travelled to Ukraine for the first time. What were the main differences between your homeland/US state and its culture? Was there anything that made you reassess your thinking about the world or yourself as a person?

“It was quite easy, but it is very important to stress that I never ever used the name Ukraine in my travels – it was either Russia, Donetsk Republic or Novorossia. I needed to come here, it was actually many reasons: one, of course, me being a veteran of the Bosnia war, serving for about 3 years, 5 tours with the Serbian Chetniks and Serbian Special Forces’ “Munja” unit, which are Captain Dragan’s forces, all between 1992 to 1995.

Many Russian volunteers, both men and women, came to help our Serbs, so, this is my way of saying thank you and arriving in Novorossiya. My Mother is a great inspiration, I remember her words well when the Balkan war broke out. She said “Son, go help your brothers and sisters in Serbia!” My Mom passed away in 2014, and I know her words called out again to me, go help out your brothers and Sisters in the Donetsk Republic!

I am quite used to the Culture in Serbia, being there even during my childhood, so I knew I would not miss the US at all. Actually I made the decision of never going back! And to be honest, its been so exciting being in Serbia, Macedonia, and now DPR, even with all the tension, people are amazing, the markets are full, the cafes, the nightlife, and being blessed working with great heroes – Pavel Gubarev and Ekaterina Gubarev!! Founders of Novorossiya! Who would have ever thought it! Sure you dream about it…but to work for them… it’s really easy to adapt here. Being a New Yorker, you’ve seen it all, and Donetsk is just another beautiful city!”

What do you think must happen geopolitically to make the situation change in favour of Donbass?

“It needs full support recognition wise. Russia needs to recognize both Republics, but before it does, more territories need to be liberated.  There is so much territory under occupation by the Nazi Ukraine Junta, it needs to be quickly liberated. Once that happens, Russia and it’s allies need to recognize our Republics – we have everything here to survive.”

What are things like on the ground right now? Has the UAF run out of steam and hit a brick wall, or are they waiting for the green light from Washington for another large offensive?

“Ukraine Junta is done, both as a country and militarily! Soldiers are leaving, deserting, where as here, in the DPR and LPR, it’s insane! Volunteers are coming in non-stop! 95% of citizens have returned and they are not leaving anymore! Even the citizens are so filled with such pride, they are ready for anything, because every day the country is growing, meaning businesses, shops, schools, university, etc…

So do you really think Poroshenko or Obama is that crazy to risk humiliation if tanks start coming into our city – a city filled with beautiful people enjoying life. Also, we are like a hornets nest – every time you try to hit us, it’s like a 10:1 ratio, you try to advance, we might lose one in a skirmish, you’ll lose 10. Our forces are itching every day for a fight. This whole Mother Russia against the world thing here has everyone fired up against NATO, the EU, against Obama, so, our military has more of a desire to kill, to destroy, to liquidate. Because the bitterness runs deep, especially because of the bombs dropped by the Ukraine Junta, killing our children, our citizens! Images of this runs deep, and to capture one of them, or even a mercenary, or a NATO agent, well, it’s a special treat for us!”


What would you say has affected you emotionally the most during your time in Donbass?

“Interesting question. It’s been an exciting ride; meeting beautiful people; being recognized, some say a celebrity status;  many photos taken with people on the street; autographs; interviews, yet, this has never affected me. I am still my simple self thanks to my parents growing up that way. I see the violence done here by the Ukraine Junta regime, it has not affected me. Am I angry? Yes ,but I have seen it all before in Bosnia.

What affected me probably was traitors that we have: informers, wannabe spies, agents, people who came here to actually do harm or discredit or/and destroy the unity here, especially amongst the volunteers! For example, we had many Serbian Volunteers here, many now have left due to one or two b*stards who came and destroyed our community (serb)! One, not mentioning his name, but I promise his demise, I promise he will not live out his life, it will be cut short, because of his slander towards me, to discredit me and other Serbs here. He has caused or tried to cause damage to us here. He is an informer for sure because of his criminal record in Australia! A pervert, and child molester who has come here as an informer and to disrupt our operation. He is, I am ashamed to say, a Serbian from Australia. This would probably be the most damaging, emotional part of all our lives here, the agents that come here.”


How do you envisage the future of Donbass? Is it something you would want to be a part of?

“Donbass will exist! Whether it be LPR and DPR, or Novorossiya, or a part of Russia. This territory will never go back to Ukraine – that’s a fact! Especially what I see on the ground here, which I will not mention. As for my life, there is only two choices: living my life here in Donbass, or going to Serbia and finishing my father’s home that he never got a chance to finish due to his passing away. It was his dream home, so I will fix it up, retire there in the beautiful mountains of Serbia, or sell the land and live my life in Novorossiya.”


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