Skip to comments.Pro-Russian rebel volunteers ready to take fight to Ukraine front lines
Posted on 07/02/2014 12:15:55 AM PDT by wetphoenix
DONETSK, UKRAINE They may not get proper uniforms or much training but from former policemen to Soviet Army veterans a growing number of volunteers in east Ukraine are signing up with insurgents to battle government troops.
Vladislav, dressed in a black bulletproof vest and cradling a Kalashnikov rifle, guarded the entrance to his rebel barracks in the rebel controlled-city of Donetsk.
On his chest was a sticker saying: Im from Donetsk and Im proud of it.
The 25-year-old ex-cop said he had joined the pro-Russian separatist movement just two weeks previously.
The self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic is actively recruiting to bolster its forces in heavy fighting with the Ukrainian Army that has killed some 360 people since April.
Vladislav said he was undergoing training, including target practice at a firing range, and was ready to go to the front line.
Of course well go. Were going to defend the Donbass, said Vladislav, speaking of the rebel-held industrial heartland in the countrys east.
We think that the Kiev authorities wont stop. Theyll go further and further, to the end. We also wont sit and wait.
We hope for support from Russia, that there will be some support from Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. We love him very much, respect him, added Vladislav.
Highlighting the makeshift nature of the rebels operation, new recruits are not being issued with uniforms, said Vladislav, who simply wears his old police clothes.
They are giving out weapons, to those who can shoot, he said, proudly showing off his Kalashnikov.
The rebels have been advertising for volunteers on their own radio and television stations, particularly calling for those with military experience, including tank drivers.
They are also recruiting through several stands in the city center.
Hundreds of people sign up every day, of all ages, said 37-year-old
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