Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and five wounded and 2 civilians were killed as well this weekend in the Donbass, according to officials and news reports.
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As a result of so-called law-enforcers using firarms in public places, two local residents were killed.
The Defense Ministry added that the command of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” 1st Army Corps was taking measures to conceal the crime.
Along with this, the heralds of fake creations have not ceased disseminating lies, deflecting the blame for their own crimes on the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF).
Thus, the well-known fake-o-mat Eduard Basurin of the so-called DNR, which calls himself sometimes “speaker,” sometimes “deputy head of the militia headquarters,” and sometimes even “deputy commander of some incomprehensible bandit formation” recently once again accused Ukrainian soldiers of shooting civilians:
Mr. Basurin piled on the horror: ‘The DNR possesses facts of the use of the UAF of combat armor against civilians. In particularly, on the Gorlovka line, Ukrainian forces without warning fired on civilian transport, trying to get around a UAF checkpoint’
So what did this future resident of the Lukyanov pre-trial detention center mean?
In fact, on January 28 at 21:10, pro-Russian mercenaries from the so-called DNR fired from a BMP and AGS [automatic grenade-launcher] at the Ukrainian State Border Service’s Marinka entry/exit checkpoint. On January 30, 2016 at 22:20, a Ukrainian block post located near the Mayorsk checkpoint fell under fire from the militants as well.
According to surveillance information, members of the DNR terrorist organization are preparing further provocations on the Artyomsk line. In connection with the fact that the number of provocative shellings by pro-Kremlin fighters of Ukrainian entry/exit checkpoints is increasing, and in order to disrupt a possible provocation by militants (the shelling of convoys of civilian automobiles from checkpoints which was announced by Mr. Basurin), the ATO command on the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk Regions is reviewing the option of temporarily closing the entry/exit checkpoints, with corresponding appeals to international organizations which monitor compliance with the Minsk agreements.
Below are photos of the consequences of the shelling by the DNR terrorists of the Marinka checkpoint and the direction from which the firing came. And also from the surveillance camera which recorded the moment of shelling.
— A group of volunteer medics fell under fire near the Mayorsk checkpoint on January 31 as they were travelling in a marked medical vehicle to pick up two wounded soldiers at a military hospital, Unian reported.
Yarina Chagovets of the Sisters of Charity of the ATO Kharkov said the medics managed to get out of the vehicle when they heard shell fire, but a volunteer doctor and a Ukrainian soldier guarding the checkpoint were hospitalized with shrapnel injuries.
Chagovets said that despite his shrapnel wound, the doctor continued to provide first aid to the others. All four wheels, the windows and the radiator of the car were damaged.
With this wounded checkpoint guard, the total number of wounded Ukrainian soldiers, in addition to the 4 mentioned by ATO spokesmen, was brought to 5 this weekend.
— President Poroshenko has fired 86 judges on charges of violating their oaths, Unian reported; 83 were in Russian-occupied Crimea, and 3 were dismissed for making “unlawful decisions” regarding Maidan activists. The statement announcing their dismissal said they had not been neutral in trying the cases