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    The Italian Cross

    Mikhail Svetlov There was a black cross on his chestNo engraving, no design, no patina:A treasured heirloom charmBequeathed to this alien Italian. My Neapolitan boy what will be leftOf you here on the Russian fields?Were you not happy enoughOn that magnificent bay? I shot you dead near MozdokAs you dreamt of distant Vesuvius!As I dreamed of the Volga flowing free!Perhaps we could have shared a gondola! Mind you, I did not come with a gunTo ruin an Italian Summer:My bullets didn’t whineAbove the sacred land of Raphael. Here I killed you! But we were both bornWhere there is friendship and prideWhere there are epics and sagasThat defy translation. But I…

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    WAR TRAMPLES ON EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE

    War is an abomination of human intellect!No more wars! – Abolish warConflict in the Donbass, European crisis, NATO, USA, Ukraine and Russia We cannot remain silent, looking at the window as amused spectators, the war in Donbass region counts more than 14thousand dead and the crisis has worsened, the conflict could reopen the clash between Russia, NATO and the U.S. and will inevitably involve Europe. Ukraine as a point of no return. Today we observe it from the binoculars then it will be too late. What are the interests of the U.S. and NATO and those of Russia?What is the history of every single country involved in this serious crisis?…

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    REMEMBER 2 MAY ODESSA 2014

    No U.S.-Ukraine War on Donbass and Russia! Stop the Drone Strikes on Civilians! Stop Killing Children! Justice for the Victims of the 2014 Odessa Massacre! For seven years now, the right-wing government of Ukraine, supported by the United States and other Western powers, has been at war with the people of the independent Donetsk and Lugansk republics in the Donbass region of Eastern Europe. Some 14,000 people have been killed, according to the United Nations. The people of Donetsk and Lugansk live under a brutal military blockade imposed by Ukraine and its Western allies. On March 22, a 71-year-old pensioner was killed by sniper fire near the capital of Donetsk.…