In Digest, Ukraine

Report on Truth About Situation in Ukraine Facebook, July 7, 2015

‘We’re living like in the Stone Age.’

Residents of village of Prishib, Lugansk region of Ukraine demand Ukraine army cease shelling, let them resume a life, July 2015

Residents of village of Prishib, Lugansk region of Ukraine demand Ukraine army cease shelling, let them resume a life, July 2015

Residents of the village of Prishib in Slavyanoserbsky district of Luganks region have demanded that the Ukrainian forces stop shellings. Because of Ukraine’s attacks, people haven’t been able to restore electricity in the village since last October.

The villagers held placards reading “Abide by the Minsk Agreements! Do not fire at electricians! No to the blockade! We need electricity! Ukrainian authorities, stop this outrage!”

“We have gathered here to discuss the main problems of our residents suffering not only from hostilities, but also from its consequences,” said Andrey Zagorodnyuk, head of Slavyanoserbsky district, at a meeting with the residents of Prishib.

Residents of village of Prishib, Lugansk region of Ukraine demand Ukraine army cease shelling, let them resume a lifeAn engineer of Slavyanoserbsk electricity distribution company, Vladimir Sumskoy, said they have difficulties restoring electric power lines because of shellings. “We electricians have all the materials to restore electric power lines. We are ready to start the restoration at any time, but there is no possibility to do it because of Ukrainian army’s shellings.”

Residents of the village believe that they won’t have electricity in the near future because the restoration can’t start until the Ukrainian servicemen stop shelling.

“We are tired of the war. We’re living like in the Stone Age, there are no any conditions for a life in the village. Most of all, we want peace,” said one of the women villagers.

The residents of Prishib said that most of the villagers refuse to leave their houses despite the fact that the village is regularly shelled by the Ukrainian forces. At present, people live without electricity and water supply.

They are unable to grow vegetables in their gardens to somehow feed their families. But they are more worried about the coming winter, as it will be much more difficult to survive when the weather turns cold.

Original news report in Russian here. Video news report here.

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Here is a typical daily report of the monitors of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, for July 6, 2015:

In Shchastia (government-controlled, 20km north of Luhansk) local inhabitants told the SMM that they heard shelling on the night of 6 July between 24:00 and 04:00hrs noting that night-time shelling had increased over the last three days. The SMM observed that the bridge in Shchastia was closed for traffic. Following negotiations with the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the “Lugansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”), the Ukrainian Armed Forces temporarily removed the anti-tank mines they had previously placed at the southern end of the bridge, and the SMM was able to cross the bridge for the first time since 16 May 2015.

At a bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska (government-controlled, 16km north-east of Luhansk) the SMM observed that 12 civilians, mostly women and children, attempted to cross into government-controlled areas and were denied access at the Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint. Some of these interlocutors stated that they had been coming to the checkpoint on a daily basis for more than a week. The SMM also monitored the impacts of machine gun fire, mortar and artillery in and around the Ukrainian Armed Forces and “LPR” checkpoints.  The “LPR” and the Ukrainian Armed Forces present at the checkpoints separately told the SMM that fighting starts every evening at around 20:00hrs and ends at 02:00hrs.

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Shelling of Donetsk republic on July 7, 2015

Here is a typical, daily situation report from the neighbouring Donetsk People’s Republic, on DAN News.info, July 7, 2015

Donetsk People’s Republic, Novorossiya–Ukrainian forces have violated the ceasefire regime 18 times in the last 24 hours, the Deputy Commander of Corps of the DPR Defense Ministry, Eduard Basurin, said today.

“We have recorded 18 ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian forces over the past 24 hours. Overall, 70 artillery shells, 11 tank shells, 119 mortars of 82-mm and 120-mm caliber were fired on the DPR territory.

Maternity hospital in village of Svobodnoye, Donetsk region hit by Ukrainian shelling on July 7, 2015 (Donetsk News Agency)

Maternity hospital in village of Svobodnoye, Donetsk region hit by Ukrainian shelling on July 7, 2015 (Donetsk News Agency)

“The Ukrainian side also used grenade launchers and small arms. Ukrainian forces shelled Nikolayevka, Belaya Kamenka, Spartak, Petrovskoye, Dokuchayevsk, Sakhanka, Donetsk (Petrovsky district, Donetsk airport). The village of Svobodnoye in Telmanovsky district came under the most intense fire,” Basurin said.

 

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