21 August 2014
In Severodonetsk, Teachers Fired for Ukrainian Flags and Girls Beaten Up for “Glory to Ukraine!” Slogan (translated from Russian by William Risch, Georgia College)
Oleh Bashkatov, head of the city department of education in the liberated city of Severodonetsk in the Luhansk Oblast, continues to “press down on” school teachers and directors, and he fires those who fly the Ukrainian flag and popularize Ukraine.
Serhiy Samarskyi, a city council deputy, said this on his Facebook page.
According to him, the official, Bashkatov, is a supporter of terrorists.
“If earlier he’d forced people to organize the referendum (on the status of the Luhansk People’s Republic, held May 11, 2014 – translator), then fired those who refused to conduct it, now he fires those who fly Ukrainian flags and popularize Ukraine,” wrote Samarskyi. “Bashkatov simply laughed off the ‘prophylactic discussion’ with ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) personnel, considering himself defended by the law, making use of protection from his partner and leader, deputy mayor Serhiy Tereshyn, who is now under the protection of law enforcement.”
The deputy also wrote that local residents are in shock at the fact that the police are protecting them.
“And just now, concerned residents of Hvardiyskyi Prospekt called me, ones who’d seen a man start beating up girls for calling out ‘Glory to Ukraine!’,” wrote Samarskyi.
“I want to warn people personally that if local and oblast law enforcement who’d occupied Severodonetsk don’t stop their indifference, and if residents of Severodonetsk again turn to the Aidar and Donbas battalions and so on to put the police ‘in their place,’ well we, and I, will support them.”
On July 22, ATO forces entered Severodonetsk in the Luhansk Oblast and put up the state flag at the city council building. National Guard units and the MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs) took part in liberating the city in the Luhansk Oblast. City residents fervently greeted the Ukrainian soldiers: with applause, with Ukrainian flags, and with chants of “Thank you!” and “Glory to Ukraine!”