The War in Ukraine: Key Moments in History

Below are photos, as well as an accompanying description from an exhibit that was organized by Canadians for Democracy in Russia and Euromaidan Canada Committee. In opposition to the war in Ukraine, the exhibit aims to reveal evidence of Russian support for anti-government militants, as well demonstrate the brutal and violent nature of the conflict (for more information, please visit 

In this week’s post, both the photos below and the accompanying descriptions highlight key historic moments from the current conflict in Ukraine. Within this photo array, two key dates stand out: April 7th and 12th, 2014. 

April 7, 2014: As tensions across Eastern Ukraine kept escalating, Russia-backed protesters declared the “Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR)” after having stormed and taken control over the government buildings.

April 7 a

April 7 b

April 12, 2014: A group of masked militants, which was formed in Crimea and led by former officer of Russian security services Igor Firkin (as he stated in his interview with A. Prokhanov on November 20, 2014), captured the Executive Committee building, the police department, and the Security Service of Ukraine offices in Slovyansk, a city in the northern part of the Donetsk Oblast.

April 12 b

Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin (pictured below) also known as  Igor Ivanovich Strelkov, who commanded the Russia-backed militant forces in the Donbass, is a Russian national and a former officer of the FSB (Russia’s Federal Security Service). Girkin’s political views are close to Russian nationalism, Monarchism and the White Guard movement, and are strongly influenced by the Russian Orthodox Church. As he has admitted in his memoirs, Girkin fought in the Bosnian and Chechen wars. Several sources and former Bosnian army officers accuse him of being involved in the Višegrad massacres, in which thousands of civilians were killed in 1992.

epa04309660 Self-proclaimed Defence Minister of the so called 'Donetsk People's Republic', Igor Strelkov (L) during his press conference in Donetsk, Ukraine, 10 July 2014. Ukraine insisted that there would be no ceasefire or negotiations before the pro-Russian separatists in the country's east give up their arms. Ukrainian government forces expanded their control in the Donetsk region over the weekend after rebels retreated from their strongholds Slaviansk and Kramatorsk to the city of Donetsk. EPA/PHOTOMIG


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