By Vsevolod Fillimonenko, journalist with Vezde
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
If we were to analyze the type of damage to the buildings and doors of the garage in the video* of the Russian cameraman, any specialist would say that this is not just shell damage. Earlier, the Ukraine Ministry of Defense said that the residential area had come under artillery fire.
Now in essence, this is how it was. In brief:
July 2, 2014: In the district of Milove, some unidentified people came into our territory from the side of the Russian Federation; with ground-based artillery fire, they leveled the air defenses in 15 minutes. And in the morning, some unknown aircraft bombed the village.
In the Milove area during the night of July 2, 2014, four unknown persons carrying mortars crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border two kilometers from the air defense zone. A car with ammunition was already waiting for them in Ukraine. They mounted an 82mm mortar and opened fire. They fired like professionals; in 15 minutes they let off 150 rounds. The unit and equipment were destroyed; the actual air defense tower was left standing and only suffered superficial damage. (The last shell exploded two meters from it). After the barrage, the guests from the “brotherly” state launched Russian-made shells and went away toward the Luhansk side.
Work to repair the tower carried on until 3 p.m. on July 2. Because of this, the air defense safety system was out of action until 3 p.m., so transport by air was not possible on the Ukrainian side. That was when the air strike took place on Stanytsia. At first, about 11 o’clock, the first airplane destroyed the regional office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the center of the town. Just afterwards, a second airplane struck a densely populated area.
ATO aircraft had not been in the Luhansk airspace for some time. The last time Ukrainian aircraft flew over Luhansk on the Stanytsia side was around 4:00 a.m. to 5 a.m. on July 2. It is not known whose planes it was that struck the peaceful residents, but the winged assassins flew to Stanytsia from the Russian Federation side, and this was accurately logged by Pentagon and NATO equipment. I hope the U.S. government will decide to announce this information publicly and will help the whole world, and Ukraine in particular, to draw a red line against the political intentions of the commander-in-chief of the Russian armed forces.
Something similar also happened in Lysychansk. In the same way, unidentified aircraft fired on a residential sector and flew off to the Russian side.
*The commentator for the notorious video clip is someone with a strong Russian accent. What is remarkable is that he does not immediately say where he is, starting his propaganda pitch by saying that he is in Luhansk and not Stanytsia.
Text and images source: Vsevolod Fillimonenko FB