A few words about the complications of filming in Donbass, early 2014. I made hundreds, really hundreds of videos from there, which were seen all over the world, on the news, and more, of people saying they didn’t want Ukraine, wanted a referendum, wanted the Donetsk, Lugansk People’s Republic, and more.
Had a referendum, voted for the DPR, LPR. No one in the west listened, actually they supported Ukraine against them.
Then, in July of 2014, Ukrainian forces took a lot of these towns and cities – Mariupol, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, and set about a campaign of ‘cleansing’ of separatists. People were beaten, people disappeared.
I removed all the videos I’d made which may have put people still there in a position of danger. But, my videos had already been put everywhere, I wrote to people asking them to remove them. And of course, not only my videos – there were many, many videos made at this time, and most still online.
A video which one month tells the world the truth, the next month can put their life in danger. A really horrible situation.
At 15.30 today, in central Lugansk, Donbass, LPR by one of the main administrative buildings, an explosive device concealed in an urn on the street, outside a shop, went off. It killed a female member of the Lugansk People’s Republic forces, a medic, sitting on a bench on the popular central thoroughfare, and wounded 5, including civilians. Video here –
At around 17:00, around 50 metres from the first explosion, another explosion went off, wounding a reported 2 civilians, and causing this damage to cars –
There has been a strong reaponse to this. Head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, issued a statement condemning the ‘terrorist attacks perpetrated near a popular recreation area for civilians of the LPR, and children’. He added that those responsible ‘would be found and punished’.
A diversionary group from the Special Operations Force (SSO) of the Ukrainian military penetrated into the territory of the LPR on June 24 in the area of the T-1303 highway Lugansk-Lisichansk, known as Bakhmutka, and attacked a group of servicemen from one of the logistics support units of the people’s militia. As a result of the incident, two servicemen of the People’s Militia were killed, four captured by the Kiev forces.
The investigation conducated with the involvement of forensic experts and officers of the Prosecutor’s Office revealed a number of details of the capture of servicemen of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic:
– On June 26, the Stakhanov branch of the forensic medical examination carried out a study of the bodies of two dead servicemen. The following bodily injuries were found during the examination of the body of one of the dead LPR soldiers: multiple bruises and abrasions of the head, torso and limbs, fractures of the bones of the facial skeleton, fracture of the left shoulder, three stab wounds to the chest, twelve bullet wounds to the torso and limbs, said forensic expert Dmitry Malovichko.
Upon examination of the body of the second victim, forensic experts also established a series of injuries: bodily injuries in the form of multiple bruises and abrasions of the head, the torso and limbs, fracture of the ribs on both sides, bullet bullet wound to the abdomen and chest, and gunshot bullet wounds in the head region.
“All the injuries are intravital, these men were repeatedly tortured while injuring them,” Malovichko said. Forensic medical expert Denis Mosin noted that the LPR soldiers who were captured by Ukrainian punitive forces were brutally murdered.
Head of the Investigative Department of the Office for Supervision of Compliance with Laws in the Military Sphere of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Lugansk People’s Republic, counselor of justice Leonid Tkachenko stressed that when taking military servicemen, certain physical methods of influence were applied to them, as evidenced by the situation from the scene and the numerous traces of blood on clothing.
– After the delivery of servicemen to Severodonetsk they were tortured and tortured to give some kind of information that interests the Ukrainian side, – Leonid Tkachenko summarised.
According to the representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office, such actions clearly indicate that the Ukrainian side does not observe the norms of international law, in particular, in the field of human rights. Also, the Ukrainian side grossly violated the rules of warfare, which are established by the rule of International Law.
The above facts will be investigated in the framework of a criminal investigation, initiated by the use of means and methods of warfare prohibited by the international treaties, by representatives of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, volunteer battalions and mercenaries acting on the side of Ukraine, and their armed aggression against the civilian population of the people of the Republic, and on the fact of genocide against the inhabitants of the Lugansk People’s Republic.
So I was interested in bringing you this reportage, with English subs, from Donbass, as the town of Krasniy Luch, Lugansk People’s Republic, looks to reactivate an electric power plant, dormant since the 1980s, and seeks investors.
Whether the project will be realised, we’ll see, and I’ll be following that. But, largely calm now, apart from the frontlines of conflict, the Lugansk People’s Republic is looking to develop. So, watch out for further business reportage from the LPR.
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 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.
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.