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Interview by Chris Cook, host of weekly radio program in Victoria BC, on ‘Gorilla Radio’, May 20, 2015 (first 25 minutes of the broadcast)

Introduction to the broadcast by Chris Cook: Despite the Minsk II treaty signed in February, fighting between all sides within the former Ukraine has continued. Last night, for the third consecutive night, that fighting escalated with heavy artillery targeting the strategic, and psychologically significant airport at Donetsk among other targets in and around the city.

While Western media has focused on the capture of two Russian soldiers earlier this week, renewing NATO calls for a Russian withdrawal from the conflict, Kiev coup leader Petro Poroshenko claims the capture is proof his regime’s real enemy is Vladimir Putin. He told BBC, “Can I be absolutely clear with you, this is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia.”

Halyna Mokrushyna is a Canadian ex-pat Ukrainian whose articles during the past year about the war in eastern Ukraine can be found at: Counterpunch, Truthout, Truthdig, and New Cold She is a former vice-president of the Ottawa branch of the Ukrainian National Federation, and was a freelance journalist for the now-defunct Ukrainian service of Radio Canada International. She was a regular contributor to Ukrainian radio programming in Ottawa. She holds a Doctorate in Modern Languages from Ukraine, and a Master’s degree in communication from Ottawa University where she is currently working towards a PhD in Sociology. Halyna was in Donetsk in April 2015 as part of a media tour of the eastern part of Ukraine.

Listen to the broadcast at the weblink above or by clicking here.

All of Halyna Mokrushyna’s writings are compiled on her author page on the website, The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond.


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