17:18 Oct. 23, 2016
Talakivka village belongs to the ‘gray zone', so no Ukrainian Army positions located there
Russia-backed militants attacked the village of Talakivka in Donetsk region with heavy mortars and artillery. The settlement belongs to the so-called ‘gray zone' between the positions of warring parties, so there are no Ukrainian forces there.
Head of the National Police Department in the Donetsk region Vyacheslav Abroskin revealed the details: "The attack was reported at 9:55 a.m. No one was hurt but only by pure luck. Civilian houses were partially destroyed by shrapnel. Gas pipeline and power lines are damaged. Around 4500 Talakivka residents were left without gas supply. Police officers and employees of the Emergency Ministry are working on site."
Later he wrote on Facebook about the weapon used by attackers: "Fragments found during the inspection suggest that the militants attacked, using 122 mm artillery shells".
In turn the press officer of Mariupol sector of Ukrainian defense Oleksandr Kindsfater stressed that the shelling of civil population was intentional.
"The positions of Ukrainian military are 5 km away from the Talakivka village (the village itself is near the ‘gray area'), so an err in shots was impossible," Kindsfater told the UNN agency.
As reported, shelling and bombing of residence areas and civilian infrastructure is a typical Russian tactic also used in Syria, which has already been called a war crime by numerous world's top officials.