Donbass Refugees: A Horror Without End – Alexander Kots interviews refugee families in Russia

The Free

February 20, 2022 by yalensisat awfulavalanche

Dear Readers:

Today I have this piece by war reporter Alexander Kots. He set out to find human interest stories among the over 10,000 refugees who have crossed over from the Donbass region into Russia, just in the past couple of days.

Roughly half of these refugees are technically Russian citizens already, holding Russian passports. The other half being Ukrainian citizens who are resident in the Separatist-controlled Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) and Luhansk Peoples Republic (LPR).

The order (issued by the leaders of those republics) to evacuate women, children, and elderly was given this past Thursday, after the Ukrainian army opened massive artillery barrages on the line of demarcation, threatening massive damage and loss of life to the residential communities.

War correspondent Alexander Kotz

Kots: “How many of you are Russian citizens?” I asked, of the people in one of the 30 buses…

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