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The Lesson of Grom and Shiba

 

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  =   War Diary by Russell “Texac” Bentley  =

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This is a story about Family, about what “family” really means, about what real Heroes are like, and what they do. This is a story about my unit, and about two men, Grom and Shiba, from my unit,  Суть времени, ” The Essence of Time”  (EoT).

There’s nothing like facing Death on a daily basis to CB patchmake you understand the true essence of time, and Shiba and Grom (“Grom” means “Thunder”) certainly do. They joined Vostok and EoT in the first days of the war, fought at Saur Mogila, then moved to the airport when we took up positions there in December 2014.  They were soldiers, but their main duty was driving journalists from Donetsk city center to the Front, near the airport, which was a very hot area back n the first months of 2015.
I know, I was there.

On Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2015, in the village of  Zhabunki, near the airport, while driving a TV crew in a clearly marked civilian car, the Ukrainian Army opened fire on them with anti-tank rockets. The journalists in back were relatively unharmed, and eventually completely recovered. Shiba and Grom both lost their legs. Both lost both their legs, blown off by a rocket. It’s a miracle that either of them survived. But they both did. They were taken to the Army hospital in Donetsk, and 4 months later to hospitals in Russia. On December 22nd, they returned to Donetsk, their hometown. They brought new legs with them, and they’ve both had smiles on their faces ever since. Because they came back with new legs to kick some more fascist ass. That’s what they like to do. And they’re good at it…

 

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]rom and Shiba did not know each other before the war. Grom was a truck driver in Donbass, Shiba had businesses in Moscow, and had moved there. But as soon as the war in Donbass broke out, Shiba returned to Donetsk and joined the Army – Vostok Battalion and Essence of Time. That’s where he met Grom and Volga, the EoT Commander. They all became fast friends. Grom and Shiba worked together, and they were quite a pair, like Socrates and Hercules, and always with a smile and a joke. Even during some of the toughest fighting of the war, they were unstoppable and unflappable. A pair of super heroes, not like Batman and Robin, more like Batman and Superman.

Vostok and EoT worked at the airport in some of the hottest positions there. All of us who worked there faced death on a daily basis. (By Easter, EoT [a relatively small formation] had already lost 5 guys KIA.) But we all agreed that a prospect worse than death was to be gravely wounded. We all felt that way, but Grom and Shiba proved us wrong. Because they were gravely wounded, and they never showed a single second of self pity or regret. And now they’re back, not just in Donetsk, but in the Army, and they’re  going back to the Front, because even if they’re still getting used to their new legs, their trigger fingers work just fine. And they’re smiling all the way. Even before they got hit, they were always joking. It calmed the nerves of the civilian journalists that it was their main job to drive around through combat zones. And it came to them naturally. Even in the face of Death.

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Grom, Volga, and Shiba


Now, they joke more than ever. They are not known as Grom and Shiba, “The two guys who got their legs blown off”, they are not even mostly known as “Those two incredible Heroes”. They are known as “Those two guys who are always joking”. And they are way funnier than Cheech and Chong. Seriously.


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[dropcap]H[/dropcap]OW DO PEOPLE OVERCOME SUCH CHALLENGES, such tragedies? Well, it takes a strong and heroic nature, of course, but it is almost impossible to do without one other factor – a family that loves and supports you, and won’t let you down. And EoT and Vostok are a family just like that. A REAL family, not just a shared name or a shared Christmas dinner, or a phone call on your birthday. The Human Family, of which we can all be members, if we are willing to do our part.

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Grom and Shiba did theirs, and we weren’t about to let them down. Essence of Time, Vostok and friends raised over 1.5 million rubles for these guys, to help pay for care, medicine and prosthetics. But Grom and Shiba did not accept all of the donations for themselves, of course. They also sent some of the money raised for their treatment to wounded kids from Donbass who were also being treated in Moscow. Because what comes around, goes around, and that’s what Heroes do.
They know that, and so they do it.

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When they were recovering in Moscow, sharing a room, they had a lot of time to reminisce, and one day, trading childhood memories, discovered that one of Shiba’s grade school teachers, Svetlana Drouzhina, had later become a professor and taught Grom in university. Needless to say, when they got back to Donetsk from Moscow, they went to visit her. Imagine the pride she must have felt at seeing these two Heroes, whose magnificent characters she had helped to mold, show up to honor her and her students with their presence and their examples. It gives me goosebumps to even think about it. Men who risked everything to defend those who could not defend themselves, the innocent and the powerless, these men who said we will not just risk all and give all to protect you, we will win, we will protect you from those who menace you and want to enslave you, and we will defeat them. The US-backed fascists can shoot off our legs, but we will return to fight again, and as long as we are alive, we will continue to fight them, and we will defeat them, or die trying. The Nazis can kill us, but they cannot kill us all, so we can never be defeated.


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Grom, Svetlana and Shiba in Donetsk (Click on images for best resolution!)

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Shiba gives Svetlana a kiss on the cheek.

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In the classroom

In the classroom

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]rom and Shiba gave a lecture on courage that should be taught in every school classroom in the world. Men who have had both their legs blown off defending a righteous cause have a right to say “I’ve done my share, I believe I’ll rest now.” Heroes like Grom and Shiba say “We are still alive, we can do more, so we will.” Because a Hero’s share is simply all he can give, and these guys still have more to give, and they will give it. Because that’s what it takes.

 

Those of us reading this today may die before the world goes through a horrific transformation as significant as the extinction of the dinosaurs.Then again, we may not. One thing’s for sure, the way things are going now, our children’s children won’t, unless we change things. Which is still possible, and Donbass proves it. Grom and Shiba prove it. We’re talking about the future of Humanity here. Our children. All children. You know what it’s worth to Grom and Shiba. What’s it worth to you?

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The author (r) with Grom and Shiba.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Poster of Litvinenko in his deathbed. The British tabloids and "serious" press are already in high gear disseminating this latest smear on Putin and Russia. The Anglo_Americans are probably the most effectively brainwashed people on earth.

RUSSELL BONNER BENTLEY is a Senior Contributing Editor with The Greanville Post, Novorossiya Correspondent, in charge of Donbass Chronicles. Most of our editors and contributors are gifted in many areas, but few merit the label of “polymath” as richly as Russell,  nicknamed “Texac”. He has been called poet, musician, soldier, political activist, outlaw, smuggler, convict, fugitive, philosopher, lover, teacher and friend—and, indeed, he is all those things, but his course is always guided by an unswerving commitment to the construction of a better world in which peace, genuine freedom, and social justice reign supreme. A native of Texas, Russell joined—at the tender age of 54— the Novorossiyan Armed Forces (NAF) to fight what he sees as the attack on the Donbass people by an illegitimate fascist entity: the Kiev regime installed and supported by the US. READ MORE ABOUT TEXAC HERE




Texac’s Chronicles from the Donbass Front -No. 9: HOMAGE TO THE FALLEN

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First, allow me to present a musical salute to our fallen comrades.

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Black Raven – The Cossack Circle Ensemble—
“For my friend and comrade, Filin, “The Owl”.  R.I.P., Brother”


 

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Homage to the Fallen.
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The Vostok Brigade Continues to Take Casualties in Washington’s Manufactured War

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‘Novi partisani’, posing in a frigid morning. “Filin”, “The Owl”.  Instructor for Vostok Brigade at Yasynuvata. That’s him in the middle of the second row, looking down.  He was from Makeevka, DNR.  Died on 16 November defending his homeland against US-backed Nazis.  He was 22 years old and recently married to Julia. RESPECT, Brother. (Click on this image for best resolution).

 

FILIN (the phonetic spelling of Филин, “Eagle Owl”) was an instructor for the Vostok Brigade at Yasynuvata when I joined the Novorussian Army in December 2014 (see https://www.greanvillepost.com/2015/11/01/texac-chronicle-no-7-there-is-no-water-in-yasynuvata/ ).  He was only 21 years old at the time, but he was already a combat veteran who seemed much older, despite his baby face.  He was someone I respected from the moment I met him. He was a brave and serious soldier and an excellent instructor. He was also a genuinely nice guy.  He was from Makeevka, just outside Donetsk. He was defending the land he was born in from foreign-backed Nazis who were coming here to enslave the Russian speaking people of Donbass. He refused to be a slave and was willing to fight and die to protect others. He was a quiet guy who led and encouraged others by his own example. He was brave, kind and generous.  He was exactly the kind of guy this world needs more of.  Fedorov Ruslan Petrovich, “Eagle Owl” will be missed.”

 

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“Fedorov Ruslan Petrovich. Not just a friend of mine, or of Novorossiya, this Hero was an example and a friend to all good people in the world.  We will build a monument to Heroes like this, hopefully in Kiev after we liberate it.”—Texac

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Fedorov, with his bride.

Ruslan, with Julia, his bride.

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Nothing extravagant, nothing grotesquely excessive. But touching in their honesty, comradeship and simplicity.  What a contrast with the decadent West.

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Married to Julia in 2014

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Graham William Phillips at the wedding of Ruslan and Julia

 

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Novorossiya will endure.
The people rise against the Kiev usurpers.

Published on Mar 10, 2015

This video features a famous song by David Bowie. At the beginning of the video you can see marches supporting Russia that took place in the South-East of Ukraine where the Russian-speaking population is predominating. The marches were a response to Euromaidan in Kiev, where there was Russophobia and elements of neo-Nazism. The video shows us how ordinary people rose up against the violation of their rights and freedoms; against neo-Nazism and political persecution; how ordinary people became warriors; became a heroes, and it doesn’t matter that only for a one day.


 

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Texac Chronicle No. 4 : How much is that War Doggie in the window?  

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Expensive. 

The US and EU have spent many billions on installing and propping up their puppet proxy government in Kiev.   And after the purchase, “Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war”.  These traitors, psychopaths and genuine terrorists have committed countless war crimes in the East, and run the society and economy into the ground in the West of Ukraine. The billions sent by the West to Ukraine do not go to foster “freedom and democracy”, they go to line the pockets of the criminals and traitors in power, to the detriment of the Ukrainian People, both East and West. So, as the US and EU continue to fund their Dogs of War in Kiev, one must ask, “How much is that War Doggie in the window?” And what do you get for your money?

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“When a regime comes to power through illegal and unconstitutional means, serves foreign masters rather than the interests of the people, destroys the economy, reputation and social web, while looting, raping and killing with impunity, that is not a government, it is a mafia, and should be overturned and brought to justice…”

The short answer seems to be… A bunch of rich traitors and criminals. Take for example disgraced Ukrainian Army Colonel Alexander Alexevich Pavlyuk. (See below)  A crooked clown and incompetent soldier, he has, none the less, in August 2015 been awarded the command of Sector “A” of the Ukrop Army, in spite of ordering the men of his former command, the 24th Brigade, to their total annihilation in the LNR (Luhansk People’s Republic) in July 2014. So, he remains a commander, in spite of trying to break into politics as a member of Tymoshenko’s “Batkivshena” Party.  Even with the local Lvov mafia’s backing, his political ambitions were crushed by an even bigger criminal from Poroshekko’s “Block” Party. None the less, he has done well for himself.

Besides other considerable residential and commercial real estate holdings, he recently acquired a house in the city of Yavov costing 10 million hryvnia (currently about 440,000 dollars).  On a salary of 36 thousand hryvnia a year. So, does he get his extra money from his friends in the local mafia, or does he steal military and humanitarian aid from his masters in the US and EU?  Or both?

nazarkin-General Vyacheslav Nikolaevich Nazarkin[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother charming character is General Vyacheslav Nikolaevich Nazarkin (above), Deputy Commander of Army Group “West”. Promoted to his current position in spite of being accused of treason in August 2014, for commanding (from the rear, of course) a mission by 19 top commandos of the UAF (Ukrainian Armed Forces, aka Ukrop army). Attempting to sneak behind DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic) lines near Snegnoe on 29 July 2014, the UAF commandos were discovered and lost 75% of their men, killed or captured. Of the 19 soldiers Nazarkin sent on this futile suicide mission, 12 were killed and 3 captured. Was this rout due to Nazarkin’s gross incompetence, or was it perhaps treachery? After all, Nazarkin’s brother is a General in the Russian Army. Either way, his “punishment” is the same… Promotion!  (One could argue that such incompetence or treason benefits the people of Novorossiya, but it clearly is to the disadvantage of the substantial proportion of ordinary Ukrainians who are not happy with the fascist boot on their necks and are facing another cold and hungry winter in northwest Ukraine.  Perhaps their discontent will motivate another Maidan rebellion, this time against the fascist Kiev government.  But this double-edged sword is of little comfort to a cold and hungry child or pensioner.)

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BELOW: Alexander Pavlyuk, the commander who fled the 24th brigade of the Ukro-fascist military. The brigade effectively fell apart and isn’t an organized fighting force anymore.

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As the Novorossiyan militia intelligence learned, the commander of the 24th separate mechanized Samaro-Ulyanovskaya, Berdichev, of the order of October Revolution, triple Red-banner, of the Suvorov and Bogdan Khmelnitsky Iron brigade, colonel Alexander Pavlyuk ran away from the Izvarino cauldron, leaving the brigade that was entrusted to him to the vagaries of fate. This is how the ukro-fascists brought disgrace to the glorious banner of the former Iron division.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Ukrainian government and military command need all the traitors and idiots they can get. And they have plenty. As long as they know which butt to kiss, as long as they chant “Glory to Heroes” often enough, there is a place for them at the top of the current Kiev regime. If they kill a few soldiers or citizens (of Donbass OR northwest Ukraine), it is no big deal. Especially if your connections include (as Nazarkin’s do) the Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Army, general Viktor Muzhenko, who personally pulled the strings to get Nazarkin appointed to the top position of the Ukrainian Army’s Military Police. In Ukraine, like Mexico (which also has a US-backed puppet State) the biggest criminals are the ones in government, police and military commands.


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Which probably has something to do with why over 16, 000 criminal cases have been opened for  “Desertion” by the Military Prosecutor’s Office in Kiev (A. Matios on “112 Ukraine” on 5 October, 2015).   Ukrainian media (http://antikor.com.ua) reported there were over 10,000 deserters from the UAF back in June, and 6,000 more have run away in the ensuing 3 months. Of the 16,000 “Deserters”, many who took their weapons with them when they left, the secret police of Ukraine have been able to find less than 1,000. That’s less than a 7% success rate for the bumbling secret police. Congratulations, Heroes of Ukraine! Your Ministry of Internal Affairs police are as good at their job as your politicians and military commanders are at theirs!  Again, a double-edged sword —from the Novorissiyan point of view, the more desertion from the Ukrop armed forces, the better.  Bad for ordinary Ukrainians who are not enamoured of the Nazis.


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When a government looks after the well being and the future of the people, steadily improves conditions of things like housing, medical care and education, that government is legitimate, and serves the purpose for which it was formed. When a regime comes to power through illegal and unconstitutional means, serves foreign masters rather than the interests of the people, destroys the economy, reputation and social web, while looting, raping and killing with impunity, that is not a government, it is a mafia, and should be overturned and brought to justice.It has been said that people get the government they deserve, but no one deserves to live under the yoke of fascist traitors and their foreign masters. The people of Ukraine have seen the work of the current stooges in power in Kiev, and are, I hope, smart enough to understand that the longer this junta retains power, the worse things will become, and the more difficult it will be to defeat. Soon, they will rise, and when they do, the good people of the world will stand beside them.

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About the author
Texas in DonbassRussell “Texac” Bentley is a frontline member of the Novorossiyan Armed Forces (NAF), and an information officer in charge of dispatches for distribution to global alternative networks.


REFERENCES

http://ukraineinvestigation.com/four-military-officers-were-awarded-the-title-hero-of-ukraine-photo/http://cassad-eng.livejournal.com/29408.html


 

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Texac Chronicle #3:  What Are We Fighting For?

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In 1965, shortly after the first American combat troops arrived in Vietnam, Country Joe McDonald famously sang:



        “And it’s one, two, three,
what are we fighting for?
Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it’s five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why,
Whoopie! We’re all gonna die!
 

Of course, it was a rhetorical question — the obvious, objective answer being:  fighting for a criminal, imperialistic war of choice.  But the war was won by the heroic Vietnamese people and the North Vietnamese Army, under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh, at the cost of several million dead and unspeakable atrocities committed by the Americans and their South Vietnamese proxy.


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Iconic photo of US choppers—the infamous “Air Cavalry” —and GIs plodding through the rice paddies.

Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the National Police, fires his pistol into the head of suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem on a Saigon street on February 1, 1968, early in the Tet Offensive. He escaped to the US, of course, where he set up a restarant in the capital's suburbs. cnn.com

Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the National Police, and an American collaborator, fires his pistol into the head of suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem on a Saigon street on February 1, 1968, early in the Tet Offensive. In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Loan fled South Vietnam. He moved to the United States, and opened a pizza restaurant in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Burke, Virginia at Rolling Valley Mall called “Les Trois Continents.”[11] In 1991, he was forced into retirement when he was recognized and his identity publicly disclosed. Photographer Eddie Adams recalled that on his last visit to the pizza parlor, he had seen written on a toilet wall, “We know who you are, fucker”.


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1975—At last! Good riddance.  The Americans are leaving. Many of the US troops were (as usual) completely ignorant or brainwashed by the system’s propaganda. A significant number came to realize—too late—the actual meaning of their participation in a horrible imperialist war. The memories of the barbarities committed haunted many of them for decades, destroying their ability to lead normal lives. Others remain unrepentant.

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Le Duc Tho, chief adviser to the Vietnamese Paris peace delegation, embracing his comrade Xuan Thuy. head of the North Vietnam negotiators.

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As everyone knows, in the end, the North Vietnamese sent the Americans packing with their tails between their legs.  In an Orwellian event only rivaled by Droner Obomba winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the West awarded Henry Kissinger with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.  The Nobel Peace Prize was simultaneously awarded to North Vietnamese leader Le Duc Tho, but Tho, an honorable man rejected the award because of U.S. violation of the Paris Peace Accords — the U.S. continued to bomb North Vietnam.

In contrast, the combat and info warriors fighting in and for Novorossiya know EXACTLY what they are fighting for:  “This is Fascism’s first defeat since the US withdrawal from Vietnam, and what we have done here can possibly change the world.” (TGP: The Lincoln Battalion Lives Again in Novorossiya)
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he United States engineered and promoted the Maidan coup in Kiev, Ukraine (although the majority of Americans, brainwashed by mainstream media propaganda and preoccupied by the Culture Wars, are ignorant of the facts and evidence).  The Kiev junta has deep roots in the sordid Nazi collaborationist past of western Ukraine and is deeply hostile to the Russian-speaking population of southeastern Ukraine and Crimea (leading the population of the latter to vote overwhelmingly to secede and rejoin Russia).

About 15,000 people marched through Kiev to honor Stepan Bandera, the leader of Ukraine's Neonazi collaborationist movement. Amazing how the American media manages to miss even something as massive as that.

In early 2014, about 15,000 people marched through Kiev to honor Stepan Bandera, the leader of Ukraine’s Neonazi collaborationist movement.  Many dressed in the Waffen SS uniform of the Ukrainian division. Below, a typical night-time torchlite parade. Everything was out in the open. The American media naturally managed to miss the whole event.


 

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In Lviv, Ukraine's second largest city, the pro Nazi sentiment remains strong and Bandera is looked upon as a selfless nationalist.

In Lviv, Ukraine’s second largest city, the pro Nazi sentiment has always been strong. It remains strong to this day. Bandera is looked upon as a heroic patriot.

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Since 2014, the fascist forces, including overtly Nazi formations of the Kiev junta have attacked civilian areas of southeastern Ukraine (Donbass) with heavy weapons, causing tens of thousands of casualties and many hundreds of thousands of refugees.  The Kiev fascists have caused horrific damage to civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals, housing and power stations.  They have specifically targeted civilians.  The heroic people of Donbass, the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have rapidly organized themselves and formed a well-trained and highly motivated army — the Novorossiyan Armed Forces or NAF — to resist this fascist onslaught and now consider themselves a separate country, Novorossiya.
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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat are Novorossiyans fighting for?  Whether it is with Автомат and Rocket Propelled Granades or Pen and Computer Server, Novorossiyans and their friends are fighting to be…
RID OF THE FASCISTS — RID OF THE PSYCHOPATHS THAT DO THIS:
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Inna in better days. How could this young woman with everything to live for imagine that secret decisions taken in faraway Washington by shameless and hypocritical criminals would end her life? 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 Russell1Russell "Texac" Bentley is a frontline member of the Novorossiyan Armed Forces (NAF), and an information officer in charge of dispatches for distribution to global alternative networks.


wirt-DanielCropDaniel Wirt, M.D., is a senior contributing editor to The Greanville Post and Cyrano's Journal Today, and special information liaison for Novorossiyan news. 

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Chronicle No. 1: The Lincoln Battalion lives again—in Novorossiya

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  =   War Diary by Russell “Texac” Bentley  =

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Texac’s chronicle No. 1: Birth of a Nation

“This is Fascism’s first defeat since the US withdrawal from Vietnam, and what we have done here can possibly change the world….”

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Mamayev-MotherlandStatueThis is the personal diary of Russell Bonner Bentley—”Texac”—an American volunteer militiaman currently serving with Novorossiya’s army. Texac is both a frontline fighter and a war correspondent.  His dual mission is to help repel the Washington-created, Nazi-infested regime in Kiev, and to introduce Western publics to the truth about the war in the Donbass. The heroic struggle of the young republics in Eastern Ukraine, their unwavering defiance of Western fascism and their high ideals, has reignited hope among many people around the world, hope that imperialism can indeed be pushed back and defeated, and that a new, better world, can at last be constructed. Thus, in the spirit of the International Brigades that fought in Spain in the 1930s, brave volunteers, honorable men, are streaming in from Russia, France, Spain, Chechnya, Serbia, Italy, South America and many other points—even the US—as Texac’s welcome presence indicates. The Donbass is today’s Spain, as is martyred Syria. More may join them before this struggle is over. It is entirely fitting, therefore, to recall La Pasionaria’s tribute to their deeds:

“From all peoples, from all races, you came to us like brothers, like sons of immortal Spain; and in the hardest days of the war, when the capital of the Spanish Republic was threatened, it was you, gallant comrades of the International Brigades, who helped save the city with your fighting enthusiasm, your heroism and your spirit of sacrifice…

For the first time in the history of the peoples’ struggles, there was the spectacle, breath­taking in its grandeur, of the formation of International Brigades to help save a threatened country’s freedom and independence – the freedom and independence of our Spanish land. 

Communists, Socialists, Anarchists, Republicans – men of different colors, differing ideology, antagonistic religions — yet all profoundly loving liberty and justice, they came and offered themselves to us unconditionally. 

They gave us everything — their youth or their maturity; their science or their experience; their blood and their lives; their hopes and aspirations — and they asked us for nothing. But yes, it must be said, they did want a post in battle, they aspired to the honor of dying for us.

Banners of Spain! Salute these many heroes! Be lowered to honor so many martyrs…!”(1)

 


 

By Russell Bonner Bentley (“Texac”)



When I was in Junior High School in Houston, Texas, back in the 1970’s, our Social Studies class we watched D.W
. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation. Our teacher went on and on about what a masterpiece it was, but I was not impressed. Forty years later, I am in the Donetsk People’s Republic, watching the birth of a nation, for real, and it is mighty impressive indeed. We have fought the Ukrainian Army to a standstill. Our new Republic is strong – militarily, politically, economically, and philosophically. I have been here for almost a year, fighting as a DPR soldier with the Essence of Time combat unit at the Donetsk Airport and at Spartak, and also an Information Warrior, fighting against the genuinely Fascist regimes in Kiev, Brussels, London, and Washington D.C.

As a soldier on the front lines, the effective range of my AK-74 was about 400 meters, and the range of my RPG, about 900 meters. As an Information Warrior, my words are my bullets, and I can reach around the world. I will be making regular reports about the birth and growth of my new country, and will be doing everything I can to keep it safe and to make sure that it fulfills all the great potential that a brand new nation in the 21st Century implies. I invite you to follow this story, and contribute if you can. This is Fascism’s first defeat since the US withdrawal from Vietnam, and what we have done here can possibly change the world. As the shooting war seems to be winding down, the Information War will be even more important, and the reconstruction and recovery begins. There are many ways to help. Join us. Here’s how I did it…

Russell's bike. It helped to make it all possible.

Russell’s bike. It helped to make it all possible.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] came to Donetsk in December of 2014, after following closely the events in KievOdessa and Southeast Ukraine (Donbass). I was outraged by what I saw, and also felt a personal responsibility as a US citizen, because there can be no doubt that the phony Maidan coup would never have happened without US backing and direction. Once my decision to come here was made, I told my friends and family about my plans. Most did not believe I would really do it, but I have been known to do some audacious things in my life, and they should have known better. I sold most of my possessions to finance the trip, including my beloved motorcycle, and gave away the rest. I had a final Thanksgiving dinner with my family and a few close friends, and left Dallas on December 1st, with a one way ticket to Rostov on Don. It was like diving off a seaside cliff with my eyes closed.

The movie “Stalingrad” was playing on the plane as we flew across the Atlantic, and I found it quite inspiring. I landed at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow after midnight. As the saying goes, “I spent a week in Moscow one night”. After passing through customs and airport security, I went to the only kiosk open and asked for a cup of coffee in my very limited Russian. I then reached in my back pocket for my money, and it was not there. Neither was my passport. Take a moment to reflect on what that might feel like. In a foreign country with a different language, halfway around the world, no money, no passport. I had determined to come to Donbass to be a soldier, fight Fascism and try to change the world. When my family suggested I might be biting off more than I could chew, I told them I was smart and tough enough to do it. I had been on foreign soil for less than an hour, and it seemed I was already totally screwed. Naturally, I sat down and had a good laugh.

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Russell speaks to DPR students, explaining his role in the defence of the new republics.

[dropcap]I [/dropcap]took a few moments to gather my thoughts. The last place I had my passport was at airport security, so it must be there.  So, dragging my huge duffle bag and two other suitcases, I made my way back to the checkpoint, thinking if I had left my money there, about ($3,000) the cops would have to have a lot of integrity to give it back. I knew the Russian word for money, “dinghe”, and feeling like a fool walked up to these cops and asked. They said “nyet”. Now, I was actually starting to get a little nervous. I started patting down all my pockets, and lo and behold, in the side pocket of my cargo pants, was my passport and all my money. I dragged my baggage back to the lobby of the airport, sat down and had another good laugh. I went back to the coffee kiosk and triumphantly ordered another cup of coffee. Anticipating what I thought would be the most enjoyable and memorable cup of coffee in my life, The barista set the coffee on the counter,and  I handed her a five dollar bill. She shook her head and said “Rubles”. Of which, of course I had none. So, after getting a drink of Moscow tapwater from the bathroom sink, I sat down to ponder my future and await the opening of the money exchange and my flight to Rostov. It was a long night, indeed.

The next morning, after exchanging a thousand dollars for Rubles, I finally got that cup of coffee and caught the plane to Rostov. We landed in a blizzard, and the Rostov airport looked like a Mexican airport from the 1960’s. So, I wasn’t just in Russia, I was in the Russian boondocks, and going even further into the wild, wild East, to be on the small side of a big war, on the Russian steppes, in Winter, at the age of 54. But I was game, and moved ahead. I made my way to the guesthouse where I had reserved a room online before I left Texas. After communication via google translate with my host, I made my way to a nearby store, bought a bottle of vodka and a microwave pizza, and went back and had myself some rest. The next day, I got up and took a stroll around town, managed to buy myself a cheap cellphone (US phones operate on different frequencies than Russian ones, so do not work in Russia) and read my first Russian word in Russia – “Банк”, “Bank”. Not too big of a stretch, obviously, but I felt like a real genius.

“It was just me and the ghosts of a million heroes, and I must admit, the experience moved me to tears. I spent several hours there, and truly felt as if the spirits of those million heroes knew I was there, and appreciated my coming to pay my respects…”

 

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ack around the time I was watching Griffith’s “masterpiece” in Miss Thompson’s Social Studies class, I saw a photograph of the monument to the heroes of Stalingrad at MAMAYEV KURGAN MAMAYEV KURGAN. It was beautiful and inspiring, and I had always wanted to see it ever since, but never expected to, never imagined that it would ever be even remotely possible. But when I made my decision to come to Donetsk via Rostov, and saw that Volgograd and Mamayev Kurgan were only about 500 Km away, I decided to make a side trip before crossing the border into the DPR. So, after a couple of days in Rostov, I caught a bus to Volgograd, to Stalingrad. As we drove across the vast and empty Russian Steppes, (through another blizzard, of course) at one point the bus engine stalled. It took about 15 minutes to get going, and during that time I realized that as lightly dressed as I was, if the engine did not start, I would probably freeze to death before help arrived. The chill I felt was not entirely due to the sub-zero temperatures. Thanks to good luck and Russian ingenuity, we made it.

 

Mamayev's complex Pietá.

Mamayev’s complex Pietá. The pain of mothers who lose their sons and daughters in wars is unfathomable. That’s one of the many reasons why “wars of choice” are capital offences, and perpetrators like Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Jr., Dick Cheney, Obama, and their many enablers and cabals, should be tried on an international war crimes tribunal.

 

I got a room in an upscale but very reasonably priced hotel, and checked the map to see how to get to the monument I had wanted to see for over 40 years. I got up at 4AM and decided I would walk the 10 KM from my hotel to the monument. It was still dark when I started out, but I knew the direction, and had the mighty Volga river to guide me. On the way, I passed a great statue of Lenin and the famous sculpture of the children dancing around the chained crocodile.

Lenin is far from forgotten in Russia, and the Federation's armed forces still proudly display communist flags with Lenin's face as ab emblem. In Western Ukraine and Kiev, statues in his honor have been defaced and destroyed.

Lenin is far from forgotten in Russia, and the Federation’s armed forces still proudly display communist flags with Lenin’s face as an emblem. In Western Ukraine and Kiev, however, statues in his honor and communist symbols have been defaced and destroyed.



[dropcap]I[/dropcap] arrived at Mamayev Kurgan a little after dawn, and was the only person there. It was just me and the ghosts of a million heroes, and I must admit, the experience moved me to tears. I spent several hours there, and truly felt as if the spirits of those million heroes knew I was there, and appreciated my coming to pay my respects. Later, I caught the trolley back to the hotel, and spent the evening in the hotel bar, trying to seduce the beautiful bartender, Sveta, to no avail. The next morning, with a bit of a hangover, I made the trip back to Rostov with a Guardian Angel on my shoulder. Though I did not “get lucky” with Sveta that night, I have been very, very lucky many times since.

 

 

Russian tanker crews parade in victory celebration over fascism (2013).

Russian tanker crews parade in victory celebration over fascism (2013).

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The Motherland Calls. (Mamayev Kurgan, Volgograd)

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ack in Rostov, I made a trip to the Army Surplus store where I bought 3 sets of camouflage; green, white and brown. Two days later, I again rose before dawn, this time to catch the bus to Donetsk. As I stood on the platform, smoking a cigarette, two Russian policemen approached me and pointed to the No Smoking sign right behind me. They asked in rudimentary English where I was going and for my passport. Reading my name, one smiled and said, “Ah, Russell, like Russell Crowe”. I smiled and said, “Da, ya gladiator”.  Though it is only about 200 Km from Rostov to Donetsk, the trip took most of the day. When we arrived at the border crossing, everyone was instructed to exit the bus and bring all their baggage in to the Customs station to be checked. The Russian official asked the purpose of my trip to Donetsk and I replied “To visit friends”. In reply to his question about my camouflage uniforms, it took me a few minutes to find the words “Christmas presents” in my Russian phrase book. He smiled and let me pass. On the DPR side of the border, the Customs shed had bullet and shrapnel holes from recent battles, and as we waited for our passports to be checked, I realized I was now in a different world. A very different world.

 

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The trip from the border was uneventful, but along the way, we passed several bombed out and deserted villages, as well as deserted blockposts and trenches. After passing through the military checkpoint at the Donetsk city limits, the bus made a stop so people could exchange rubles for grivnas with a guy standing on the street who had a briefcase full of money and two friends with Kalashnikovs. No banks in the DPR, but essential services like money exchange are still provided one way or another. As the sun was setting, we arrived at the bus station. Less than 5 minutes after I got off the bus, I heard artillery firing and impacting just a few kilometers away. It was heavy artillery, and plenty of it, but everyone at the bus station just went about their business as normal, so I did the same. I caught a cab at only double the normal rate, to the Red Cat hostel, where I met for the first time Christian Malaparte, a writer who had been living and working in Donetsk since May. We had corresponded on Facebook prior to my arrival, and I was very, very glad to meet someone who spoke English and some Russian, and was willing to help. So, that’s how I got to Donetsk, and getting here was the easy part.

C O D A


Texac Chronicle No. 2:   La vida continúa in Texac’ new home, Novorossiya

Operation Jakarta: The 1965 CIA-engineered coup remains the bloodiest of the 20th century.

On 12 October 2015 – Texac writes:
“I just got the following message from a Facebook friend:
‘You should probably take any money you have and come home.  You do not want to be there when the border closes and the Junta takes control of Donetsk.  They will hurt you.  I am totally convinced this is going to happen and I am worried about you.’
Here is my reply:
I am not worried, and I am not leaving.  I do not at all believe that the Russians will close the border, nor do I at all believe even the entire Ukrainian Army can defeat us, and even if I did, I would stay and die here, fighting, before I would leave my friends and my new country.  Thanks for your concern, but I live in a new country now, and Donbass is my new home.  I AM home.  If I return to the USA, I will be driving a T-90 tank when I do…  :)”
—————————-
(8 hours later)
“This is a picture of me and my little brother, Carter, playing guitars 30 years ago.  He died last night in Texas.  Before last night, we were a long distance apart.  Now, he is with my Mom, and they are with me always.”
RussellBonner & borther-30yrsAgo.guitars
—————————–
(4 hours later)

“This one’s for my brother, Charles Carter Bentley…”

 

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Operation Jakarta: The 1965 CIA-engineered coup remains the bloodiest of the 20th century.

REFERENCES

(1)Dolores Ibárruri, La Pasionaria, Farewell Address to the International BrigadesBarcelona, November 1, 1938

 


APPENDIX: SPECIAL MATERIALS

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In this section we present a compilation of materials about and related to Texac’s narrative and life in his new homeland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kz7T9iw4hI&spfreload=10

https://youtu.be/DnTremT0JYI

 

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Russell (l) with kin, back in Texas.


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Operation Jakarta: The 1965 CIA-engineered coup remains the bloodiest of the 20th century.

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MAMAYEV KURGAN: THE PEOPLE OF RUSSIA REMEMBER


Mamayev Kurgan (Russian: Мамаев Курган) is a dominant height overlooking the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) in Southern Russia. The name in Russian means “tumulus of Mamai“.[1] The formation is dominated by a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943). The battle was a hard-fought Soviet victory over Axis forces on the Eastern front of World War II and arguably the bloodiest battle in human history.[2] At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue named The Motherland Calls formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world,[3] now it is the tallest sculpture of a woman in the world.

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BACKGROUND: When forces of the German Sixth Army launched their attack against the city centre of Stalingrad on 13 September 1942, Mamayev Kurgan (appearing in military maps as “Height 102.0”) saw particularly fierce fighting between the German attackers and the defending soldiers of the Soviet 62nd Army. Control of the hill became vitally important, as it offered control over the city. To defend it, the Soviets had built strong defensive lines on the slopes of the hill, composed of trenches, barbed-wire and minefields. The Germans pushed forward against the hill, taking heavy casualties. When they finally captured the hill, they started firing on the city centre, as well as on the city’s main railway station under the hill. They captured the Volgograd railway station on 14 September 1942.

On the same day, the Soviet 13th Guards Rifle Division commanded by Alexander Rodimtsev arrived in the city from the east side of the river Volga under heavy German artillery fire. The division’s 10,000 men immediately rushed into the battle. On 16 September they recaptured Mamayev Kurgan and kept fighting for the railway station, taking heavy losses. By the following day, almost all of them had died. The Soviets kept reinforcing their units in the city as fast as they could. The Germans assaulted up to twelve times a day, and the Soviets would respond with fierce counter-attacks.

The hill changed hands several times. By 27 September, the Germans again captured half of Mamayev Kurgan. The Soviets held their own positions on the slopes of the hill, as the 284th Rifle Division defended the key stronghold. The defenders held out until 26 January 1943, when the counterattacking Soviet forces relieved them. The battle of the city ended one week later with an utter German defeat. See the Battle of Stalingrad article for more information.

When the battle ended, the soil on the hill had been so thoroughly churned by shellfire and mixed with metal fragments that it contained between 500 and 1,250 splinters of metal per square meter. The earth on the hill had remained black in the winter, as the snow kept melting in the many fires and explosions. In the following spring the hill would still remain black, as no grass grew on its scorched soil. The hill’s formerly steep slopes had become flattened in months of intense shelling and bombardment. Even today, it is possible to find fragments of bone and metal still buried deep throughout the hill.

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Vasily's heroic life and the Stalingrad story have been the object of several films and documentaries, including a Hollywood blockbuster, Enemy at the Gates.

Vasily Zaitsev’s heroic life and the Stalingrad story have been the object of several films and documentaries, including a Hollywood blockbuster, Enemy at the Gates.

After the war, the Soviet authorities commissioned the enormous Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex. Vasily Chuikov, who led Soviet forces at Stalingrad, lies buried at Mamayev Kurgan, the first Marshal of the Soviet Union to be buried outside Moscow. Legendary Soviet sniper Vasily Zaytsev was also reburied there in 2006.

The monumental memorial was constructed between 1959 and 1967, and is crowned by a huge allegorical statue of the Motherland on the top of the hill. The monument, designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich, has the full name The Motherland Calls! (Russian: Родина-мать зовёт! Rodina Mat Zovyot!). It consists of a concrete sculpture, 52 metres tall, and 82 metres from the feet to the tip of the 27-metre sword, dominating the skyline of the city of Stalingrad (later renamed Volgograd). (Excerpted from the Wikipedia entry on the topic.)

 

 

OTHER VISTAS OF MAMAYEV

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Soviet/Russian public art is monumental. Put down by bourgeois critics as crude propaganda, Soviet realism has a power lacking in the West’s often decadent art focusing on form at the expense of substance.

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Homage to the worker soldier.

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