Russell Bentley is an American soldier and war correspondent in Donetsk, which is a city in Donbas (a region in eastern Ukraine).

Quick history

Donetsk’s history dates back to the late 19th century when it was founded as a small mining settlement. The city grew rapidly due to the discovery of coal.

During the Soviet era, Donetsk became one of the major industrial centres of Ukraine.

However, it has been in the media because of a war that started in 2014 when the Russians in the region wanted to have closer ties with Russia due to the Ukrainian government making their lives miserable and even killing them.

Eastern Ukraine has significant political differences with the western parts of the country, with tensions often arising between those who lean towards Ukrainian nationalism and those with closer ties to Russia.

The thing is, it’s deeper than that.

False flag for regime change

Also known as the ‘Revolution of Dignity’, the Maidan massacre, Feb 2014

What happened in 2014 – the Maidan massacre – was a false flag sponsored by Western interests, as concluded by Professor Ivan Katchanovski from the University of Ottawa.

Washington wants a pro-Western puppet as the president of Ukraine.

This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power.

Ivan Katchanovski, The “Snipers’ Massacre” (2015)

Since the conflict began, Donetsk has been divided into different parts. One part is controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (supported by Russia).

The other part remains under the control of the Ukrainian government.

Basically, the people in the east don’t want to be part of Ukraine, due to being ethnically Russian, but the Ukrainian government (with American backing) won’t let them secede.

Which is why the Russian government sent in military in 2022.

I wanted to know what daily life is like there. I asked Russell if he would record a video for me.

A day in the life, if you will.

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