Russell “Texas” Bentley is a soldier and war correspondent in Donetsk (eastern Ukraine).
He has been in Donbass since December 2014, as a soldier in the Novorussian Army, serving with the Essence Of Time combat unit in Vostok, as well as with the XAH Battalions.
Russell is also an accredited war correspondent, providing news and counter-propaganda about the situation in Ukraine and the Ukrainian government’s war against Donbass.
He is trying to expose the US-backed regime in Kiev.
Russell is also the vice president of Donbass Humanitarian Aid, a fund which has helped many innocent victims of the war since 2015.
The war in Donbass is an ongoing armed conflict that began in 2014 in the easternmost regions of Ukraine, specifically Donetsk and Luhansk.
The conflict started as a result of political and territorial disputes between the Russian population and the Ukrainian government (who hates them because they’re Russian).
The conflict escalated quickly, with armed groups taking control of several areas in Donetsk and Luhansk, declaring themselves as self-proclaimed republics known as the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).
The Ukrainian government, in response, launched military operations to regain control over these territories.
He joined me for a conversation about his story and how he arrived where he is, as well as an update on the war.