Donetsk Militia Confirm Leaving Stronghold City Of Slavyansk

Donetsk militia confirm leaving stronghold city of Slavyansk – media (RT, July 5, 2014):

The self-defense forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic have left Slavyansk, which is surrounded by the Kiev military, Russian media reported, citing the republic’s headquarters.

“The Ukrainian military is in control of Slavyansk,” Channel One reported citing the headquarters of the Donetsk People’s Republic. “Early in the morning, the self-defense fighters were forced to leave the city.”

According to Channel One’s information “there was massive shelling” and then armored vehicles entered Slavyansk and street fighting began. That’s when the self-defense forces took the decision to leave the city, the channel said.

“Despite the massive shooting, the fighters stormed out of the city and headed for neighboring Kramatorsk. Part of their hardware was shot down in the process,” the channel said.

Rossiya 24 channel also reported that self-defense forces had quit Slavyansk, and moved their HQ to Kramatorsk.

After the militia were forced to leave their positions in the northern part of the front, they moved to reserve positions that had been prepared in advance, Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Aleksandr Boroday, as saying.

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No power, water and food shortages: E. Ukrainian city survives amid army shelling

No power, water and food shortages: E. Ukrainian city survives amid army shelling (RT, June 19, 2014):

“Artillery fire at the city started at about 6 am from Karachun Mountain [where the Ukrainian army’s artillery is deployed] and lasted for about a half-hour,” a local priest was cited a saying by RIA Novosti.

“The shells fell right next to it: one flew half a meter from the dome, the second exploded near the church, on the road; the third hit the central gas pipeline near the lake. The main gas pipeline has been blocked. The shells damaged the southern facade of the church, but in general it is intact.”

A man who served as a security guard at the church sustained severe head injuries and died of his wounds shortly afterward.

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‘White Phosphorus’ Reports: Ukraine Military ‘Dropped Incendiary Bombs’ On Slavyansk (Video)

‘White phosphorus’ reports: Ukraine military ‘dropped incendiary bombs’ on Slavyansk (RT, June 12, 2014):

Residents of Slavyansk and its suburbs were awoken overnight on Thursday by what they say were incendiary bombs that were dropped on their city by Kiev’s military. Witnesses and local media reports suggested that the bombs might be phosphorous.

Much of the village of Semyonovka, located in the Slavyansk suburbs, was set ablaze. Local residents told RT that the ground didn’t stop burning for some time.

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East Ukraine Warzone: Demolished Houses, Fires After Heavy Shelling (VIDEOS)

E. Ukraine warzone: Demolished houses, fires after heavy shelling (VIDEOS) (RT, June 9, 2014):

Despite President Poroshenko intention to bring about a ceasefire, Kiev’s relentless military operation in the country’s east is intensifying. Slavyansk has become one of the main targets of artillery attacks, amateur videos filmed in the area show.

We must reach a ceasefire this week. Each day when people are dying, each day when Ukraine pays such a high price is unacceptable for me,” newly sworn-in President Petro Poroshenko said on June 8 after trilateral talks on eastern Ukraine with Russian and OSCE representatives.

Still, constant fire is heard in the evening hours in residential areas of Slavyansk, with frustrated people seeking shelter when the shelling erupts. A woman is heard asking a man where it’s safe to hide.

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Slavyansk Kids And Women Cross Russian Border On Foot After Ukraine Seizes Bus

Slavyansk kids and women cross Russian border on foot after Ukraine seizes bus (RT, May 31, 2014):

A bus carrying women and children from Slavyansk, including toddlers, was stopped at a border checkpoint by Ukrainian guards. The refugees managed to cross into Russia on foot and find new transport.

The incident happened on Friday night at a border crossing between Ukraine’s Donetsk region and Russia’s Rostov region. The bus was carrying people from Slavyansk, the city that has become the scene of constant battles between local militia and troops loyal to Kiev.

There were 38 refugees on board, including 21 children aged between 2 months and 12 years, and 17 women, Rostov region spokesman Aleksandr Titov told Itar-Tass. As the vehicle was seized, they went across the border on foot with the help of Russian border guards.

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Over A Thousand Soldiers Killed As Ukraine Fighting Escalates, Russian Media Reports

– Over A Thousand Soldiers Killed As Ukraine Fighting Escalates, Russian Media Reports (ZeroHedge, May 29, 2014):

While one should take locally sourced news on the volatile situation in Ukraine, reported by media that is ideologically close to the source, with a grain of salt, Russian press agency RIA has generally had a good track record in reporting news regarding the Ukraine civil war. In which case if the following report of what may have happened overnight during the latest escalation of fighting in the eastern Ukraine city of Slavyansk, and which certainly doesn’t paint the Ukraine army in a favorable light, is even partially correct one can see why suddenly western media news coverage of the civil war in Ukraine has become somewhat sparse.

According to RIA, quoting Slaviansk people’s mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, about 1,200 Ukrainian army soldiers have been killed during a special operation in Slaviansk, and eight helicopters and 15 armored vehicles were destroyed. Supposedly this includes the 1 helicopter whose crash was reported previously.

Over A Thousand Soldiers Killed As Ukraine Fighting Escalates, Russian Media Reports

According to our information, the Ukrainian army has the following losses and damages: 1,200-1,300 people were killed, eight helicopters, 15 armored transport vehicles, and three [artillery] weapons destroyed. They are suffering huge losses. I’m speaking only about Slaviansk,” Ponomaryov said in an interview with the Latvian radio station Baltkom.

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Watch As Ukraine Helicopter With 14 Troops On Board Is Shot Down

Watch As Ukraine Helicopter With 14 Troops On Board Is Shot Down (ZeroHedge, May 29, 2014):

Events in Ukraine may have been moved to the backburner because not only are they not impacting US equities but have somehow managed to push Russian stocks to pre-sanction highs, but that does not mean that there is any de-escalation in the self-proclaimed eastern regions of Donetsk and Slavyansk where fighting between pro-Russian groups and Kiev army rages on. The latest incident took place a little over an hour ago when Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down a military helicopter near Sloviansk, killing 14 people, the country’s outgoing president says.

This attack took place following a weekend of heavy fighting in Donetsk following a push against “terrorists” by the new president that left many rebel soldiers dead.

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650 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed, Wounded In Course Of Special Operation – Slavyansk ‘People’s Mayor’

FYI.


650 Ukrainian soldiers killed, wounded in course of special operation – Slavyansk ‘people’s mayor’ (Voice of Russia, May 17, 2014):

“People’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, has said that law enforcement forces controlled by Kiev suffered severe losses during special operations in the South-East of Ukraine: according to his data, in just ten days, 650 people were killed or wounded, as stated in a message to RIA Novosti.

“The total losses of the punitive fascist Kiev junta during May 2 -12, 2014, amount to 650 killed and wounded, among whom are 285 Right Sector extremists, who joined the National Guard, 120 Ukrainian mercenaries <…>, 90 employees of the Security Service of Ukraine <…>, 70 foreign mercenaries,” said Ponomarev, whose speech was posted on the Internet by the press service of the DPR.

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Donetsk Warns Ukraine Army Located In The East To ‘Leave In 48 Hours’ Or Face War – Ukraine Forces Attack Eastern City Of Slovyansk

Donetsk Warns Ukraine Army Located In The East To “Leave In 48 Hours” Or Face War (ZeroHedge, May 12, 2014):

Update: And just to make sure Russia has a catalyst:

  • UKRAINE FORCES ATTACK EASTERN CITY OF SLOVYANSK, INTERFAX SAYS

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With the US having voiced its support for Ukraine’s “anti-terrorist” operations, and Russia strongly supportive of pro-Russian people’s decisions to regional self-determination, the threats coming from the newly independent regions are a concern (that markets clearly do not care about):

  • DONETSK ARMY SAYS WILL FIGHT UKRAINE FORCES IF DEADLINE IGNORED

Ukrainian military forces have 48 hours to leave the region or Donetsk own “anti-terrorist” forces will fight. Of course, with the US already saying the referendums are illegal and not recognizing them, we suspect it will be time for more sanctions soon (despite the lessons below).

Insurgent group army of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic “will start its own anti-terrorist operation in Donetsk region” against Ukrainian military forces if they don’t heed seperatist army chief Igor Girkin’s 48-hour ultimatum to leave or obey him, head of seperatist group, Denis Pushilin, says by phone.

So… buy stocks?

And a different perspective on which the western approach to resolving the Ukraine crisis may not be exactly “working.”

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Chaos In Southern Ukraine: Deadly Fire, Choppers Down And Street Fighting

Chaos in southern Ukraine: Deadly fire, choppers down and street fighting (CNN, May 3, 2014):

Slavyansk, Ukraine (CNN) — Deadly street fighting, helicopters shot down and civilians being used as human shields.

That was the picture that emerged Friday in southern Ukraine as violence escalated amid reports that dozens of people were killed in a fire and still more were shot dead or wounded in street fighting, raising the question of whether the country can stave off a possible civil war.

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