The leadership of Putin’s proxies are Russian, but they welcome local ground soldiers:
What recruits they did find, residents now say, were not top-flight volunteers.
“The people who supported this were marginal people, communists, [lower class] lumpen, some of the Orthodox priests,” says Denis Bigunov, a member of the Slaviansk City Council before and after the three-month uprising. Such comments about who took part are widely heard here. And videos uploaded on the Internet show some Orthodox priests clearly siding with the rebels.