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Men in Ukraine are Hiding to Avoid Army Pickup Trucks

Streets in Luhansk

The streets in Luhansk are deserted. No men are seen on public roadways, only women and young children. Men are hiding behind apartment doors or are leaving if they still can. However, borders are closed, except an evacuation corridor is open to the Russian region of Rostov. This applies to women, children, and older people.

The Luhansk People’s Republic Army is looking for soldiers, and they are looking for them everywhere. Men fear they will be taken by force to be involved in war activities.

Insiders in Luhansk reporting to eTurboNews confirm their thoughts and fears in this ongoing crisis. It is true people are ok with Russia’s influence in the region, but most don’t want a bloody war.

Yesterday was a holiday. It was Soviet Army Day, known as “Men’s Day.” Men’s Day is on February 23 every year to celebrate men that served in the Soviet army. This is a celebration in Eastern Ukraine for all men (young and old) and also in the rest of Ukraine among the older generation mostly.

A lot of ladies were seen on Luhansk streets and bars, cafes, and restaurants, but the “men were missing.”

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No men on the streets of Luhansk today.

Men over 18 years, including retired people, are picked up from the street when seen, only to be placed in the army of the newly recognized Luhansk People’s Republic. This army is now working closely with the so-called Russian peacekeeping force.

In the other part of Ukraine, eTurboNews talked to a man in in the capital Kyiv. He was in the process of takimg his wife and young children to Spain.

Just recognized by Russia as the Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, known as the Donbas region, is the center point of the current concern in the world.

It’s the region where Russia currently deployed so-called “peacekeeping” forces for the last 2 days to protect the newly gained independent recognition of this region.

The move by Russia President Putin to invade Luhansk and Donetsk is to further open an already open backdoor to bring Ukraine into a new Novorossiya.

Novorossiya, or New Russia, also referred to as the Union of People’s Republics, was a proposed confederation of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, both of which are under the control of pro-Russian separatists. Both regions are now fully recognized by the Russian Federation.

According to Wikipedia, this is the definition for New Russia:

 New Russia, is a historical term of the Russian Empire denoting a region north of the Black Sea (now part of Ukraine). In Ukraine, the territory was better known as Stepovyna (Steppeland) or Nyz (Lower land). It was formed as a new imperial province of Russia (Novorossiya Governorate) in 1764 from military frontier regions along with parts of the southern Hetmanate in preparation for war with the Ottomans.

It was further expanded by the annexation of the Zaporizhian Sich in 1775. At various times it encompassed the Moldavian region of Bessarabia, modern Ukraine’s regions of the Black Sea littoral (Prychornomoria), Zaporizhzhia, Tavria, the Azov Sea littoral (Pryazovia), the Tatar region of Crimea, the Nogai steppe at the Kuban River, and the Circassian lands. The governorate was abolished in 1783, and revived from 1796 to 1802.

The region was part of the Russian Empire until its collapse following the Russian February Revolution in early March 1917, after which it became part of the short-lived Russian Republic. In 1918, it was largely included in the Ukrainian State and in the Ukrainian Soviet Republic at the same time. In 1918–1920, it was, to varying extents, under the control of the anti-Bolshevik White movement governments of South Russia whose defeat signified the Soviet control over the territory, which became part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, within the Soviet Union from 1922.

In 2014, Russia and pro-Russian separatists attempted to create a Novorossiyan confederation in the region.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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