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E. Ukraine's Lugansk: From busy city to ghost town

Published time: July 09, 2014 10:39
Edited time: July 09, 2014 16:51
A house in the residential settlement Malaya Vergunka, on the outskirts of Lugansk, ruined by a Ukrainian air raid. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

A house in the residential settlement Malaya Vergunka, on the outskirts of Lugansk, ruined by a Ukrainian air raid. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

One of Ukraine’s biggest cities in the east, Lugansk, once home to almost 450,000 people, has recently become a ghost town – deserted streets, broken glass and abandoned households after repeated attacks by Kiev troops.

The bombing never stops. Every day bring news destruction and new casualties. Shells are landing not only in the suburbs but also in the city center, making Lugansk a very place dangerous to live in.

The town of Lugansk during an artillery attack. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

Just in the past 24 hours, Kiev forces fired 13 artillery shells at the city, killing two people and injuring six more, according to Lugansk city council. Residential blocks and several public buildings were destroyed in the attack.

A house in the residential settlement Bolshaya Vergunka, on the outskirts of Lugansk, ruined by an artillery shelling of the Ukrainian army. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

On June 9, there was a strike on a residential building in the city center - all the people miraculously survived. “I had just gone out to the balcony and then I heard glass breaking and I realized we were being attacked,” says Grigory Rudenko, a local resident.

A resident looks at a hole on July 9, 2014 in the ceiling of his apartment, in a building damaged the day before by Ukrainian forces' mortar fire, in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine (AFP Photo)

Another resident, Valentina Verbetskaya, is happy that the bombs didn’t hurt her neighbor: “You were on a balcony? And you survived? Oh, my God!” “I don't know what to do, where to hide, where they're going to fire from next time…” she adds.

Broken windows in a residential building that was damaged by the mortar fire of Ukrainian forces in Lugansk. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

The locals joke that there are no traffic jams in Lugansk as the majority of its residents - tired, nervous and angry - have already left the city to escape the attacks.

A car burnt during an artillery shelling of the Ukrainian army. (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

Local residents who have remained in Lugansk worry that a humanitarian crisis may engulf the city: food, water supplies and electricity are scarce and local hospitals may soon stop functioning in the area.

The consequences of an artillery attack on the town of Lugansk. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

The city’s public services such as banks, shops, post offices and restaurants have closed their doors in fear of possible attacks.

A resident is seen through her window on July 9, 2014 inside her apartment, in a building damaged the day before by Ukrainian forces' mortar fire, in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine. (AFP Photo)

RT video depicts a damaged building which used to be one of the city’s banks in Lugansk's center. A self-defense forces base was reportedly the aim of the Kiev troops. However, this is about 1 km away from the building.

RT's Maria Finoshina reports from the scenes of recent attacks in Lugansk.

Comments (112)

 

Ivanna Humpalot 10.07.2014 13:26

mich Nova 10.07.2014 13:12



Any way, how is it the propaganda if Savchenko herself admits to coordinating the fire that killed russian journalists - all recorded on tape, broadcasted and available on youtube. I am sure you can see it for yourself.

  


No luck with YouTube. Please provide the heading of the clip

 

Mishka Kyiv 10.07.2014 13:21

mich Nova: you seem confused about how law and order works. I can understand that because in russia there is none. In countries that have law and order, if a law is broken local courts inside the country deal with the crime. It is not the norm to have that person kidnapped and dragged off to another country. In fact, kidnapping is also a crime. Taking people across borders is a crime. Are we back to the old Beria days?

 

Ivanna Humpalot 10.07.2014 13:19

[quote name='mich Nova' time='10.07.2014 13:02']

Lets repeat the answer again to sheep like you then:

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So you are claiming that incompetent terrorists that captured her, later let her go? That she crossed the border with no problems into Russia, and just happened to be asked where she was and didn't know?
Is this what krokodil does to you?

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