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Slavyansk residential districts 'a mess' after Kiev troops' shelling, at least 3 killed (VIDEO)

Published time: June 29, 2014 14:31
Edited time: June 29, 2014 16:23
Still from YouTube video / user IVI AzVel

Still from YouTube video / user IVI AzVel

In an apparent breach of the ceasefire, Ukrainian forces shelled residential parts of Slavyansk for nearly an hour on Sunday, destroying buildings and killing at least 3 civilians. Ukrainian media claimed that a pro-Kiev checkpoint had been attacked.

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Despite the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine being prolonged till June 30 by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, it appears that the National Guard units fighting in Slavyansk have given little heed to the president’s order and continued to shell the defiant city.

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Overnight into Sunday and later during the day, the districts of the Donetsk Region city facing Ukrainian troop positions on Karachun Hill came under heavy fire, with the longest attack going on for some forty-five minutes in broad daylight, local resident Roman Litvinov told RT over the phone.

Still from YouTube video / user likantrop5

“There is no truce! At night, from about 11pm to 1:30am they shelled areas near Slavyansk, and during the day residential districts of the city and private houses were fired at,” Litvinov said, adding that there is photo and video evidence of “the mess that was going on in Slavyansk.”

“They shelled the city and its residential areas from Karachun Mountain. The city was shelled for forty-five minutes,”
the Slavyansk resident said.

The shelling killed at least three people, and there have been “many injured,” Litvinov said, adding that not all the devastated houses have been searched for victims yet.

Numerous videos of the aftermath of the shelling have been posted on YouTube and on social networks by the locals, showing large shell holes in blocks of flats, shell craters right in the middle of a local market and destroyed rows of market stalls.

Some of the clips showed a lot of blood also, with a shocked local woman working at the market telling the cameraman that a victim had his kidney “burst” as a result of the shelling. Ambulances could be seen working at the scene.

Still from YouTube video / user likantrop5

Reports said that another Slavyansk woman, who was killed by shelling in her flat, “had her head torn off.”

Despite the outcry and the abundant evidence of the shelling, the Ukrainian media chose to focus on what Ukraine’s National Guard said was an attack on its checkpoint near Slavyansk.

LB.ua published a story on Sunday saying that “on the morning of June 29, the terrorists carried out massive shelling on a checkpoint near Slavyansk, where the servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine are on duty.”

According to the National Guard’s press service, a checkpoint near Karachun Hill “was fired at from mortars and a tank.”

A spokesman of the Kiev’s “counter-terror” operation’s command, Aleksey Dmitrashkivsky, then told RBK-Ukraine that self-defense shelled the checkpoint from the city’s railway station, injuring 6 Ukrainian troops.

Dmitrashkivsky claimed that the National Guard only responded by firing “light weapons” and did not mention the shelling of the city.

A view from Karachun hill near Slavyansk (Photo from wikimapia.org)

Meanwhile, in the Lugansk Region, Ukrainian troops and self-defense exchanged artillery fire, with no reports of casualties immediately available. Residents in Ananyevka village near the border with Russia said they had also been shelled. This comes a day after Ukrainian mortar shells flew over the border, hitting a building at a Russian border checkpoint and two Russian villages.

Still from YouTube video / user IVI AzVel

Comments (79)

 

Luís Filipe 30.06.2014 14:45

Luís Filipe 30.06.2014 14:45

OSCE plays along NATO, EU, UKUSA and everything else. Who is paying their bills?... They shouldn't have released anyone.

  


I mean: they are spies.

 

Luís Filipe 30.06.2014 14:45

OSCE plays along NATO, EU, UKUSA and everything else. Who is paying their bills?... They shouldn't have released anyone.

 

Conser Pov 30.06.2014 11:13

Mark Pravda 29.06.2014 20:25



The re's a queue at the Court... still getting around to listing who to try for flattening Grozny (50-100K civilians killed )and using cluster bombs in Georgia..

  


Wh y did you fail to mention that those civilians in Chechnya were killed by Islamist Chechens, not Russians?

W hy did you fail to mention that it was Georgians who did the shelling and bombing of civilians?

Cheap Nazi shill. You are pathetic.

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