Donetsk Creates an Independent Government: Russian Roulette

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On the second day of the self-styled People's Republic of Donetsk's existence, people gathered in the Regional Administration Building to discuss their new government and make plans for the future. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky attended the meeting where things got a bit heated, and later interviewed Serhiy Taruta, the current governor of the Donetsk region. Taruta argued that those who declared independence from Ukraine have no authority to do so and are not supported by most residents of Donetsk. There's still about a month left before their supposed referendum, and the future of Donetsk is uncertain.

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They should make a Hangover spinoff based on this, where a bunch of ex-Ukrainians wake up one day surrounded by vodka bottles and puke stains and find out they've created a country.

Author — Sphynra


It appears that Stalin's efforts to remove intellectuals - worked.

Author — Charlie Collins


"The international community is monitoring this."
"What international community?"
"The usual one!"

Author — Atilla Baksay


Did that guy say he's counting on Putin for his free speech? That sounds like a losing battle..

Author — Eugene Fitzgibbon


No wonder these guys want to join Russia, you saw the bottles...

Author — semyon95


This shows how Russians they are.
How to celebrate victory? Get wasted. Regardless of context.

Author — Malacovics


CNN are no longer relevant. Thank you Vice News for real reporting.

Author — Denz Of Oz


Excellent coverage as per your par, Vice, and outstanding work as usual to Mr. Ostrovsky and everybody on the ground.

Author — Morgan The Skald


All paid by your friendly overlord USSR.

Author — marcantallita


Oh good. A army of drunken men with guns proclaiming three new nations that all wave the Russian flag. What could go wrong.
And as to why what they're doing is wrong and what the people in Kiev did isn't, I'll quote a Russian reporter who said
"When the people on the Maidan rose up for their freedom, they were waving the flag of the country they live in. When the people of the East rise up for "freedom", they wave the flag of a foreign nation whose military forces are only a few miles away"

Author — Wolf6120


I loled at the "russian peacekeepers"

Author — eikkkN


The fact that practically all of Ukraine has been extremely anti-journalism and anti-cameras for every one of these videos and they still managed to record this entire meeting during the creation of the Donetsk Republic is absolutely amazing. As usual, Simon and his crew publish some fantastic journalism. We're all praying for his release from detainment by the Pro-Russians.

Author — oxycontiin


I wonder how Putin managed to gathered all this drunks... 

Author — Molly Tumblrwomen


The more they look educated, the less they want to be part of Russia.

Author — Walz


"We'll cope with the issue"
If only Governor Taruta knew how incredibly wrong he had been...

Author — Trusty Patches


I wish you spend more time interviewing the normal people as in the last few seconds.

Maybe in the next video you talk to normal folks and the corrupt politicians

Author — Madagascar Sapphire


Funny how the ex gouvernor and some residents tell the new gouvernment in Donetsk have no authority, because nobody voted for them, while they completly ignore the fact that the new gouvernment in Kiev came to power by a putch

Author — Mastakilla91


Simon, you are the man! Thanks for asking  the "REAL" locals of Donetsk their opinion.

I see this becoming into a huge threat. Putin will definitely capitalize on the destabilization of Donetsk.

Author — Betamonster


How can they form a government when they did not do a vote OF the people?

Author — Seth Rogen


A step back from the actually issues, regardless of peoples options, this is a damn fine video. VICE brings us inside of the administration building and the new "republic" AND the current appointed mayors opinions, AND some people of the streets opinion. You cannot get this kind of coverage anywhere else.

Author — RamAmandeep