Ukraine Day 1186: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in battle today. Yesterday, 2 civilians were killed and one wounded in separatist-held Krutaya Balka.
Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here.
Photo: Screenshot of video evidently from home damaged in Krutaya Balka. Via Liga.net
A number of incidents came to light today that occurred yesterday.
Militants from the 11th Separate Motorized Regiment of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” fired on Krutaya Balka, a front-line town controlled by separatists in Donetsk Region, yesterday May 17, killing two civilians and wounding one, Liga.net reported, citing the Facebook page of Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR).
In his briefing today, Eduard Basurin, self-style defense minister of the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic” claimed that Ukrainian forces did not allow ambulances into the area to pick up the wounded. The separatist news service DAN-Info also said homes were damaged by Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk, Gorlovka, Krutaya Balka, and Yasinovataya District and environs.
This evening the ATO reported another incident of Russia-backed militants firing on civilian homes in Berdyanskoye near Mariupol, using heavy artillery banned under the Minsk agreement. Two homes were totally destroyed on Morskaya St. and several other buildings were damaged; almost no building is untouched due to repeated shellings. There were no injuries.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reported that a smoke bomb was thrown at its patrol car near separatist-controlled Dokuchayevks. OSCE says attacks were up 75% in the past week, although the ATO said today they have lessened.
o 73rd Anniversary of Stalin’s Deportation of Crimean Tatars
The Crimean Tatar community marked the 73rd anniversary of Stalin’s brutal deportation of their people, in which 230,000 people were uprooted from their homes and sent in train cars to Central Asia, during which 100,000 died. They continued to face persecution in Crimea today under Russian occupation
Freedom House published a statement outlining the history of the deportation and ongoing violations. Crimean Tatar leaders are one again in exile, now living in mainland Ukraine, and their assembly, the Mejlis, has been outlawed by Russian occupation authorities.
In Bakhchisarai, authorities blocked Crimean Tatars from holding a commemoration ceremony as they have in the past. In other areas, ceremonies were tolerated but some activists were detained.
o SBU Denies Losing Surveillance Video in Sheremet Case
The SBU reported that contrary to claims by investigative journalists, it had not lost or withheld a surveillance tape of the area where journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed, but had turned it over to investigators, Ukrainska Pravda reported.
o Debate Rages About Ukrainian Blockage of Russian Sites
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