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A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top drives through Slovyansk Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Journalist Olga Shestopalova writes about cultural affairs for TV Plus, the Observer-Reporter's partner newspaper in Slaviansk, in eastern Ukraine. She visited the Washington area several years ago as part of our newspapers' exchange program.

Dear friends, sorry for silence. It looks like damnation for Ukraine, but I hope that Evil will come back to the person who sent this boomerang.

You should know the latest news from Eastern Ukraine and Slovyansk in particular. I will try to keep you informed.

There are two wars here in Donbass. The first war is informational; Russians are great specialists in this field. They spread panic in social networks and try to convince Russians that they are the owners of the region. At the same time, Russian authorities continue saying there are no Russian military forces in Donetsk region. The situation is common to Crimea before its “referendum.”

The other war is real war, a war of weapons. We still hope guns will stay silent, but Ukrainian tanks change their owners from Ukrainian to Russian too fast for anyone not to worry.

Most of people in the streets of Kramatorsk, Slavyansk and other towns of the Donetsk region hate the Ukrainian flag and soldiers. They want to have a Donetsk Republic. They are afraid of “Ukrainian fascists” – the beast generated by Russian propaganda.

I would like to share a video with you. You can see how Ukrainian military forces try to break out of the siege of pro-Russian civilians in Kramatorsk, which is about 20 km from Slavyansk. One of the Ukrainian soldiers pulled the pin out of a grenade and showed it to people, threatening them. This action helped Ukrainian soldiers break away from being surrounded. Their tanks moved to Slavyansk. The crowd of pro-Russians sent curses and hooted.

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