What we are fighting for in Donbass

By Alexey Markov, political commissar
Ghost Brigade Unit 404 (Volunteer Communist Detachment)

I recently got a demanding new job. More precisely, two … ๐Ÿ˜‰

Every morning on the way to headquarters, I clip into the store to buy candy or ice cream or sketchbooks. Because already waiting for me at the door of headquarters are two very funny and spontaneous beings, with loud shouts of “Uncle Good has arrived!” Bouncing on my neck, they argue: “This is my Uncle Good! — No, mine! — No, he’s ours!โ€ ๐Ÿ™‚

These are the two youngest fighters of the Ghost Brigade — Bogdanka, call sign “Dotsya,โ€ and Alexa, call sign “Panther.โ€

In the morning, they help the women in the kitchen and do small errands for the command, then sit in my office, focused on drawing something in their albums, or taking each other’s hilariously funny interviews. Or they tell me a bunch of very important news for their age. Or they run around with my “bezzerkalkoy” [camera], photographing everything in their path, then climb up on our knees and carefully look at the laptop, studying the next dayโ€™s schedule of brigade headquarters.

For the first time in a long time since the death of Borisovich [Commander Alexei Mozgovoi], people at brigade headquarters began to smile again …

And I became the owner of two very valuable works of art to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

P.S. By the way, you have no idea what unexpectedly interesting moments a 9-year-old girl with a camera can catch. For example, our “Zakatik” chatting with an unsuspecting woman… ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Or Arkadich, here looking like Dr. Dolittle.ย 

Ukrainian soldiers, come over to our side! We have not only cookies but also black caviar! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

And this is me with the photographer. ๐Ÿ™‚


Translated by Greg Butterfield

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