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Ukraine-Controlled Localities Bombed by Kiev - Ukrainian Local Councils Seized by Nationalists - Memory of Killed Children of Donbass Shot by Ukrainian Military

Voice of Donbass - 08.06.17 01:58

On June 1, 2017, another ceasefire was announced in Donbass. Few doubted that this «truce» would not last long, but this time the Ukrainian side chose a particularly cynical way to violate it.

Throughout the last week of May, Kiev is carrying outparticularly intensive bombardments in the Donetsk direction, daily launching about 100 122 and 152mm artillery shells, hundreds of 82 and 120mm mortar shells, and using tanks, BMPs and grenade launchers.

On May 27, in the Gorlovka direction, about 40 shells of MLRS «Grad» are also launched from the Ukrainian side. As a result of the shelling from the Ukrainian side, two residential houses are damaged in the DPR, one of the localities is completely de-energized, and an elderly woman, born in 1941, is wounded. 

Nevertheless, the Republics are doing everything possible to restore the destroyed houses and infrastructure as soon as possible. 

In Makeevka, a satellite city of Donetsk, a new gym is opened. 

In Stakhanov, a city in the LPR, a restored bus station is opened. 

In Donetsk, which even before the coup in Kiev was called «a city of a million roses», the number of roses planted everywhere reaches 2 millions. 

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, in Kharkov, a NATO-Ukraine professional development program for civil law enforcement personnel starts. Perhaps, NATO countries intend to share with Ukraine the experience of not preventing terrorist attacks. 

In western Ukraine, another Orthodox church of the Moscow Patriarchate is damaged.

On May 28, the shelling from the Ukrainian side disrupts the gas and power supply to Kominternovo, a city in the south of the DPR, as well as causes damage to two houses, in Gorlovka in the north of the DPR and near Donetsk. 

On the same day, the Ukrainian military launch a massive artillery attack on Krasnogorovka, located in the Donetsk region and controlled by them, as a result of which civilians are killed. 

The Kiev authorities, as well as the Ukrainian media that «happened» to be at the right place and at the right time, immediately accuse of the shelling the DPR army. 

However, the subsequent analysis of photo and video materials presented by the Ukrainian media shows that the shelling with heavy artillery and MLRS «Grad» was conducted from two localities controlled by the Ukrainian army, which is also confirmed by local residents. Moreover, according to the latter, many submitted photos of the destruction do not correspond to the declared addresses. 

In addition, the Ukrainian military does not give permission to observers of the OSCE and the JCCC from the Russian side, to inspect the site of the shelling, which was cordoned off immediately after the shelling. 

During the shelling of Krasnogorovka, a point of temporary disposition of the «Azov» nationalist regiment falls under the «friendly» fire from the Ukrainian army, as a result of which 10 «Azov» radicals are killed, 15 wounded, and 7 pieces of equipment destroyed.

It is possible that the losses of the nationalists are not an accident, but the result of contradictions between the Ukrainian military and radicals of nationalist battalions. After the shelling, an internal investigation begins in the ATO zone, and the nationalists increasingly shell the units of the Ukrainian army. 

The DPR intelligence also receives documents from the ATO headquarters, according to which the shelling of Krasnogorovka was an attempt to hide the scale of desertion in the Ukrainian army. According to the DPR military authorities, since the beginning of the year, about 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers have deserted from Donbass. 

On the same day, in the LPR, in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, the Ukrainian side foils yet another attempt to withdraw the forces and means of the sides to the conflict from the contact line. 

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Turchynov, declares that, in connection with the introduction of a visa-free regime with Europe, Ukraine must equip a civilized border in the west, and create an insurmountable fortress on the border with Russia in the east. 

At the same time, the mayor of Dnepropetrovsk, an active supporter of Maidan and the military operation in Donbass, unexpectedly states that during the coup in Kiev in 2014, Maidan activists shot at law enforcement officers who defended the government quarter.

On May 29, in the DPR the Ukrainian side again conducts the most intensive fire in the Donetsk direction, as a result of which nine residential houses are damaged.

On the same day, according to the DPR intelligence, 8 Ukrainian soldiers desert near Donetsk. They are searched by the nationalist battalions and SBU officers, specially delivered by Kiev for this purpose to the frontline. According to unconfirmed yet information, in case of catching deserters, nationalists force them to dig their own graves. 

The LPR intelligence reports that one of the Ukrainian brigades in the Luhansk front segment is manned by 50-60% because of the massive desertion. 

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the court bails out 4 «Right Sector» radicals detained for shooting at law enforcers in western Ukraine in July 2015. 

At a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi, the Speaker of the Verkhovnaya Rada, Parubiy, says that Russia has deployed ‘offensive nuclear weapons’ in the Crimea. 

The next day, the SBU opens a criminal case against Russia for conducting a hybrid war against Ukraine. 

The Rescue Committee of Ukraine, consisting of representatives of the Ukrainian authorities of the times of the former president, is preparing a case for the European Court to recognize the events of 2014 in Kiev as a coup d'état. 

In the meantime, according to statistics, in 2016, 1.3 million Ukrainians received temporary registration for work in Poland, which is 6 times higher than in 2013.

On May 30, the DPR intelligence receives new documents from the ATO headquarters. 

Based on the results of the internal investigation into the shelling of the positions of the «Azov» regiment, in the town center of Krasnogorivka, the Ukrainian military recorded 23 places for the explosion of the heavy artillery and «Grad» missile system shells which had been launched from the position of one of the Ukrainian brigades. 

At the same time, the OSCE observers noted in their report only a minimal part of the explosions from the other direction of the bombardment, ignoring the traces of the impact of heavy artillery and «Grads». 

Moreover, according to the received documents, the Ukrainian side plans another bombardment of Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka located in the Donetsk region - again from two directions, just like in Krasnogorovka, for which Ukrainian units have been provided with over 170 shells, including for 122 and 152mm artillery, MLRS «Grad» and tanks. 

In addition, according to the DPR intelligence, film crews of the Ukrainian TV channels and war correspondents of the ATO headquarters press center arrive in the Krasnogorovka area, which indicates the possibility of another bombardment of this locality, simultaneously with the bombardment of Avdeevka. 

The LPR intelligence reports the arrival of about 70 radicals of the «Right Sector» and another group of NATO instructors in the Lugansk segment of the front. 

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the first deputy prime minister and authorized representative of the president of Ukraine for the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass, states that the websites of the DPR and LPR must be blocked. 

In western Ukraine, during a session of the Lvov regional council, nationalists burst into the hall. Having broken the door, they throw smoke bombs into the hall and demand that the regional council adopt an official appeal to President Poroshenko with a demand to immediately sign the law «On Amnesty for ATO Participants in 2016». 

Nevertheless, on the same day, the Netherlands Parliament, the last of the EU countries,  an association agreement and a free trade zone with Ukraine.

On May 31, on the eve of the beginning of another truce, Kiev delivers to the Donetsk segment of the front a convoy of about 30 armored vehicles. Another column, including tanks and an anti-tank cannon, arrived at the Ukrainian positions near Donetsk the day before. 

On the last day before the truce, the number of bombardments of the DPR territory from the Ukrainian side is significantly higher than in the previous days. As a result, in Kominternovo, in the south of the Republic, the direct hit of a Ukrainian mortar shell completely destroys a residential house. 

In Kiev-controlled Avdeevka, the private sector and the Avdeevka Coke Plant are shelled with mortars, as the DPR military authorities warned the day before. 

Moreover, the sites of the mortar explosions in the area of the Coke Plant are at such a distance from the contact line that the DPR army could not have, even theoretically, shelled this area. 

In one of the LPR localities, the Red Cross employees are forced to stop distributing humanitarian aid to local residents because of another bombardment from the Ukrainian side. At the same time, in their report, the Red Cross employees do not indicate the direction from which the shelling was conducted. 

The hotline of the LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs receives a message from a resident of the locality of Zolotoye, in which, in February 2017, the forces and means of the conflicting parties were separated. The local resident says that the Ukrainian military have mined the railway station in the locality. 

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the Verkhovnaya Rada is preparing bills on the introduction of questionnaires for Ukrainian citizens with questions whether they have relatives abroad and have ever stayed in the «occupied» territories. 

In addition, the Verkhovnaya Rada has already filed a draft bill obliging the print media to publish 50% of their content in the Ukrainian language. 

At the same time, the MP of the Verkhovnaya Rada and the former head of the «Azov» regiment, Biletsky, declares the intentions of the nationalists to block local councils in all regions of Ukraine, in order ‘to exert pressure on the authorities’.

On June 1, on the day of the protection of children and the first day of the truce, the DPR military authorities declare that during the day, the truce in Donbass is respected on the whole. 

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the deputy head of the parliamentary faction «People's Front» and the former deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) states that the generals of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are ready to attack Donbass. 

The nationalists break into a session of the Kiev City Council demanding that the «ATO veterans» be given the status of the participant in the hostilities and the corresponding privileges. 

In the Lvov region, «patriots» burn a Polish school with Molotov cocktails. 

In Donbass, the truce ends on the evening of June 1st. 

Throughout the frontline, the Ukrainian military open fire on lanterns launched in the sky by residents of the DPR in memory of the killed children of Donbass. 

On the following day, June 2, the number of bombardments of the DPR territory from the Ukrainian side reaches the level of the days preceding the «ceasefire». The Ukrainian military even launch 30 shells from the MLRS «Grad», as a result of which a woman born in 1945, is wounded.

Moreover, the Ukrainian side is purposefully shelling the infrastructure of the Republic.

In the Donetsk direction, the Donetsk Filtration Plant is again de-energized, which leaves 10 localities without water. 

In the Mariupol direction, the Ukrainian army deliberately shells an agricultural station, as a result of which, 9 units of agricultural machinery are damaged on the eve of the sowing campaign. 

In the Gorlovka direction, the fire from the Ukrainian side is aimed at mines. 

Kiev anticipates the attacks with an information stuffing about the wounding of civilians in Ukraine-controlled Maryinka as a result of the alleged shelling by the DPR. However, this information is not supported by any photo or video materials, despite the presence of over 25 film crews, including 10 foreign ones, in the specified area. 

On June 4, the day of Trinity, on the outskirts of Donetsk, a 9-year-old boy is seriously wounded when a Ukrainian mortar shell explodes, with his mother killed in front of his eyes.

On June 5, in the DPR, 8 civilians are wounded and 11 houses destroyed in the bombing by the Ukrainian side.

In the meantime, Ukraine is preparing draft laws on the free circulation of weapons and the legalization of secret prisons of the Security Service of Ukraine, to which representatives of the United Nations were not allowed last year.

The MP of Ukraine and the former head of the «Right Sector», Yarosh, affirms the ability of the Ukrainian army ‘to capture Donbass with lightning speed’. 

In Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, one of the central avenues is renamed in honor of the Ukrainian nationalist Shukhevych, who served in f the SS units of Nazi Germany and was directly involved in the «Volyn massacre» of Poles during the German occupation of Ukraine. 

In the very center of Kiev, the quest room «In the bunker of the Fuhrer» opens. Visitors post in social networks their photos against the background of a portrait of Hitler and flags with swastikas. Participation in the quest is allowed from the age of 8. 

On June 7, while the Contact Group for the settlement of the conflict in Donbass is meeting in Minsk, the Ukrainian army begins a massive bombardment of the localities of the LPR and undertakes three attempts to break through the positions of the LPR army.

In just a few hours of the shelling, 27 residential houses are destroyed in the LPR, and a civilian is injured.

All the attempts of the Ukrainian military to break through are repelled.

On the same day, at a meeting with Sebastian Kurz, the OSCE Chairman and the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, the Ukrainian President Poroshenko reiterated the need to introduce an armed police mission to Donbass. Obviously, the Ukrainian soldiers were sent to attack, in which, according to the LPR, 10 of them were killed and 15 wounded, just to «illustrate» the statement of their president.

Journalist of Novorossia Vision - Irina Burya