With no notable war action, or shelling in the Lugansk People’s Republic since the end of last year, the flare-up this week, on Wednesday June 7th, came as a surprise. The Lugansk People’s Republic reported on the 7th, 27 homes damaged, in the LPR frontier settlements of Kirovsk, Zholebok, and Donetsky, with 1 resident injured, a Ukrainian drone shot down.
This is where the action took place, all around 50km North-east of the city of Lugansk. (Note, Ukraine renamed Kirovsk ‘Golubovky’, in 2016).
This video, damage to domestic property in the town of Kirovsk, from the LPR press service, on the 7th –
This was accompanied by reports of Ukrainians mounting an attack on Zholobok, on the morning of the 7th. The LPR reported this attack as repelled, with a figure given today of 11 Ukrainian servicemen killed, 18 wounded. The LPR have reported 3 wounded on their side, and photos were released today of the Red Cross removing a body, identified as a Ukrainian soldier, from a neutral zone.
A wounded Ukrainian serviceman, meanwhile, has described the battle as ‘hell’, and an attack from the LPR forces ‘from all sides’. The LPR have released this video, with coordinates, and details of what took place –
What’s the reality? Well, both sides have given their own versions of events, and losses. And things got weirder still, when Ukraine accused the LPR of ‘setting it all up’ for my benefit, so I could ‘film it for Russian tv’. Not only do I have nothing to do with Russian tv, but I didn’t even film it, it was so unexpected no journalist did.
As we move into the weekend, things have settled down, and what took place seems clear. Ukraine mounted an attack, accompanied by shelling of civilian areas, it was repellted. Territory is as it was before, figures of losses given by both sides, about both sides, are as ever to be regarded as the information of that side.
My special reportage this weekend, which will have full English subtitles, will focus on the situation in the frontier village of Donetskiy, one of the hotspots of action.
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