By Roger Annis, Rabble.ca, May 20, 2015
While in Moscow three weeks ago, following a media tour to Donetsk, eastern Ukraine in which I participated, I had the pleasure of meeting Jon Hellevig, a regular writer at Russia Insider. Jon was in Donetsk a few weeks before our group, thanks to the efforts of the same Russian/German citizen group, Europa Objektiv, which organized our tour.
The second of Jon's articles about his trip was published on April 21 and is titled, "Donbas endures." The article describes one of the settlements in Russia of war refugees from eastern Ukraine. It is located across the border from southeastern Ukraine, on the road to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. It's also on the shoreline of Sea of Azov, prompting an evocative sub-title in Jon's article: "Fleeing the bombs in eastern Ukraine to a room with a sea view." Our group visited the same settlement several weeks later.
Jon explained, "I have not visited a refugee camp before." I have, in Haiti. There are some parallels and warning signs between the two places, notably in the calls by the regime in Kyiv for international troops called 'peacekeepers' to enter eastern Ukraine.
Displaced by war in eastern Ukraine
Jon writes, "Tatyana Bolshakova and her family from Donetsk used to travel to the seaside for holidays. They had always dreamt of a house with a sea view, she said, but she would never have thought this is how they’d come by one, pointing out through the window overlooking the Sea of Azov in the room that she and her family occupies at the Primorka refugee camp in Russia’s Rostov region."
Like Jon, I was struck by how well Primorka was organized and how well the residents were received by their Russian…