They’re ‘Separatist Fighters And Their Russian Allies’
From Chuck Holmes:
Please use “separatist fighters and their Russian allies” to describe the anti-government forces in eastern Ukraine. Using “separatist fighters” alone could suggest that only locals are involved.
Kevin Beesley and Corey Flintoff offer the following guidance:
“Pro-Russian Separatists” could mislead our audience into thinking that most of the fighting is being done by local fighters. There is a lot of evidence that most, though not all, of the anti-government forces involved are Russian citizens – although Russia denies its military is directly involved.
So we’ve come up with another construction that we think more accurately reflects the situation on the ground:
“Separatist fighters and their Russian allies.”
“After weeks of heavy fighting, a strategic town in eastern Ukraine has fallen to separatist fighters and their Russian allies.”
(Memmos; Feb. 18, 2015)
February 18, 2015