|Philippe. Screen shot from video at site|
“in sum, I saw fascism reborn”
In DONiPRESS November 11, 2015
Translated from French by Tom Winter
Philippe is just 23, and the least publicised Frenchman among the volunteers who are fighting in Donbass. The discrete youth got here in Donetsk in March, 2015, but elected to serve afar from the stirrings of the first volunteers of Novopole and the Continental Unit.
So Philippe first set out for the south, incorporated into an infantry unit, where he spent four months in the trenches on the front. He has known some serious fighting and is now, after several stages, in a unit on the Donetsk front. Running into him at a Franco-Russian Cultural Institute event at the Donetsk Technical University was a great moment. Behind the youth hides in fact a certain purity, and the story of his commitment is by itself example to all French youth.
He indicates that he understood fairly quickly the disaster heralded by the Maidan, and was shocked by the horrible Odessa massacre where somewhere between 106 – 200 Russian speakers were massacred in horrible conditions by 1500-2 000 ultranationalist and neo-Nazi fanatics armed with hammers, axes, rebars, and firearms. In the House of Unions, those who fell at the hands of the madmen were finished off with edged or blunt weapons to cries of “hang the Moskals, stomp the beetles, clean the place! “