The shelling takes place around the clock. It comes from both sides. The Russian Separatists and Ukrainian troops fire artillery shells back and forth over a landscape that was once as beautiful as any on Earth. Now it looks like you are on another planet. The people who were not lucky enough to flee the fighting or actually had no where else to go are barely surviving and with winter on their doorstep they may not survive.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sits in his Moscow palace and thinks of ways to fabricate more lies to tell his supporters and the world of the atrocities that are taking place in Eastern Ukraine. The problem is that the atrocities are not the groups going after the Russian speaking locals like he wants you to believe. The atrocities are the ones taking place against the locals whose families have lived on their farms for centuries. Who were simply happy to farm their land, feed their families, and share the love that used to be part of their lives. You see Putin doesn’t care about these people. He cares that NATO won’t be his neighbor. He doesn’t want NATO to be on his doorstep. These people are simply pawns to the fighters. They are the living dead.
Let’s take a look at the Ukrainian side of the equation. Ukrainian President Poroshenko has ordered that no money be given to the countries pensioners. He has ordered that all Ukrainian civil service be pulled out of Donetsk and Luhansk so that Eastern Ukraine will be left to their own devices. The elections that were held at the beginning of the month had everyone listening to promises that all services would be restored. Electricity, water, and food would be there for all. The petty governments have no way of fulfilling any of their promises. The convoys that were coming over the border from Russia are simply arms and troops to gain the ground that the rebels think is necessary for their republics to survive.
In the end those who cannot get enough food or have no electricity are going to probably die due to the harsh conditions of the coming winter. A 73 year old woman who says her name is Galina arrived in Debaltseve because her village was being shelled daily. She was able to carry only what she could. You see all the young people are gone and she has to survive on her own. She stands in a line to try and register so she can get a bag of food every two weeks from a relief agency. She has shoes that don’t keep out the cold or mud from getting to her feet. She barely sleeps because the artillery shelling has followed her. She is someones grandmother but will probably die in the coming months. For what? So that Moscow and Kiev can fight over a piece of land that was once beautiful but is no longer. “The living dead” will be piling up soon to be buried but their will be no one to bury them. The young are gone and the ground will be frozen soon. Welcome to Donetsk Eastern Ukraine, land of the living dead.