The Truth of the “People’s Republics” of Donbas

An analysis of the sad reality of Donbas, including:
– How Donbas was made a pretext for Russia’s invasion
– Economic analysis of the region
– Actions by Moscow and Kyiv
– Illustration of the rapid and severe de-industrialization
– Human rights violations
– DPR and LPR as mirrors of Russian political and economic system
– Workers’ resistance
– Donbas as a Russian neo-colony
– Political opposition crushed by both sides
– Population loss, collapse of political and econ systems

Eric Draitser is an independent political analyst and host of CounterPunch Radio. You can find his exclusive content including articles, podcasts, audio commentaries, poetry and more at You can follow him on Twitter @stopimperialism.