Anger, relief as Slavyansk emerges from rebel siege
Published on Jul 7, 2014 7:38 AM
SLAVYANSK, Ukraine (AFP) - Anna Gribnikova looks on as aid workers hand out loaves of bread nearby from the back of a truck to Slavyansk residents who she says had been held “hostage” by pro-Russian separatists for three months.
The retired teacher is relieved to see the back of the rebels who fled the small eastern industrial town that had become the centre of their separatist uprising after an onslaught by the Ukrainian army.
“Those so-called defenders, those terrorists, they are still dreaming of the Soviet Union,” Gribnikova lamented. “They do not seem to understand that this is the 21st century.”
“We were like hostages” of the separatists who wanted to break away from Kiev and its pro-Western leaders and join neighbouring Russia, she tells AFP.
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