Questions and Answers

I short Q&A on English Lugansk twitter.

Updated a bit on 12 March 2018.

  1. What is the Twitter account English Lugansk about?

    I mostly translate the reports by Luhansk and Donetsk local residents describing current events. My translations look like this:

  2. Who are you?

    Just a Luhansk inhabitant who lived all my life in Luhansk, but had to leave with my family in 2014 after Putin’s gangs started to control my city.

  3. Where your reports come from?

    The most of my reports are translated tweets by #Luhansk and #Donetsk locals who live on the occupied territories or close to the frontline, I posted my translations as comments to the source tweets in 2015-2017, so opening such tweet you could see the original text. After Twitter introduced the tweet quoting feature and later stopped consider replies as original tweets even if they start with anything else but a username, I had to change the manner I post the translations – now I quote an original tweet and post a translation as a comment to such retweet. It looks like this:

  4. Tweet format

    [number] [timestamp] [location] [@author] [text]

    • Number if it is there, means series of tweets, one long tweet divided into parts in translation or translated discussion, examples:
      • 2/3 – the 2nd tweet of 3
      • (1/5) – the 1st tweet of 5
      • 4/X – the 4th tweet in series of tweets (I didn’t know how many of them would be when I started translation)
      • X/X – the last tweet in series
    • Timestamps are usually in HH:MM format, they can be preceded by MonDD if the date of the report is different from translation’s date, words about/around and followed by ‘am’. All time is Kyiv = EET. For example:
      • 00:15 – 00:15am EET, the same date as my tweet’s one
      • about 13:10 – means just before or at 1:10pm EET
      • around 14:15 – means just before, at or a bit after 2:15pm EET
      • Aug10 01:43 – means August 10th, 1:43am in my tweet posted a day later
      • 04:05am – means 4:05am in tweets posted after 12pm on the same day
      • [no date] – implies the same day
      • Aug19 – implies August 19th, no exact time known
    • Location implies where the reporter is or where the reporter(s) he/she reposts is/are. Locations are usually names of cities, towns, settlements or villages. In most cases, mentioned locations can be found on Google Maps or OSM.
      The basic location is often followed by district, settlement, micro-district, bus stop, nearby plant or another landmark. It can be also sometimes followed by raion (=district/county) or region. If you cannon find this additional location on Google Maps, try searching in Examples:

      • 22:31 #Luhansk 50_Let_Oktyabrya @xxx Rumble = @xxx reports being on 50 Let Oktyabrya block in Luhansk he/she could hear the rumble at 22:31EET
      • 23:01 #Donetsk - Putilovka, Kirovsky, center @xxx gunshot = @xxx reports he/she can hear a gunshot, also it was heard in Putilovsky, Kirovsky districts or Donetsk and in downtown.
      • 00:33 #Bezimenne, #Novoazovsk raion – Bezimenne village in Novoazovsky district
      • #Donetsk, SotshorodokSotshorodok in Donetsk
    • @reporter is the original source of translated information, or user who reposted info from other social networks
    • Source if set means the original source of information, I put it in the square brackets, usually there are such sources:
    • Text is the translated tweet, square brackets [] show not the word-by-word translation, but rendering or conjecture or my comment
    • Other notes. There may be few short reports in one tweet, for example:

      #Donetsk Putilovka
      20:01 @xxx rumble
      @yyy outgoing?
      @xxx yes, mortar
      20:10 Again

      no @username after timestamp means the same reporter, i.e.
      = 20:10 #Donetsk Putilovka @xxx [outgoing mortar round has been heard] again


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