Separatist profiles (updated)

Profiles of the pro-Russian separatists are appearing in the western press. Here are a few of them, along with some related reports.

On the separatists:

Pro-Russian commander in eastern Ukraine sheds light on origin of militants (P. Sonne and P. Shishkin, Wall Street Journal)

Meet the pro-Russian separatists of eastern Ukraine (Simon Shuster, Time)

Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains? (De Carbonnel and Vasovic, Reuters)

Insurgents identified: The green men of VKontakte (Ukrainian Policy)

Inside the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic': balaclavas, Stalin flags and razorwire (Luke Harding, Guardian)

On those kidnapped by them:

Tally of persons kidnapped by Russian-backed insurgents in Ukraine’s east grows to 16 (Kyiv Post)

Putin’s men in Ukraine seize U.S. journalist (Daily Beast)

Some of kidnapped reporter Simon Ostrovky’s video reports can be seen here.

 

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