Donbas war: Russian heavy artillery destroys village in eastern Ukraine (photos)

14:30 Oct. 17, 2016

Russian heavy artillery destroys village in eastern Ukraine (photos)

Aftermath of Russian artillery raid on the village of Vodiane, Eastern Ukraine (Photo by ATO HQ Press Center)

Militants ravaged the whole street of Vodiane village by large-caliber artillery

Vodiane village, which is located not far from Mariupol, was attacked by Russia-backed militants with artillery of a 152mm and 122mm calibre along with mortars of a 120mm calibre, Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation HQ reports. For three days, from October 12 till 14, more than 700 mines and shells hit the residential area. The fire-raid came from surrounding villiages of Leninsky, Zaichenko and Kominternove, controlled by militants, who were supposed to have removed any heavy weapon from there if they were to implement Minsk agreements.

Officers of the Ukrainian Joint Centre of Control and Coordination recorded numerous explosions from mines and shells, destruction of the residential sector and infrastructure in Vodiane.

"Due to the powerful and cynical attacks 6 houses were completely destroyed and 10 houses received significant damage. The power line was cut. Militants destroyed almost all the houses on the street in this village," report reads.

Observers also report one victim. A local old lady born in 1938 was injured, she was evacuated to a hospital in the city of Mariupol. At the time of the shelling 11 people lived in Vodiane village. Despite the risks they stayed in their houses and were not able to get to a safe place.

"All these criminal violations of the ceasefire regime and the use of the banned types of weapons by militants were carefully documented by Ukrainian serviceman. They handed over all photo materials to the representatives of special monitoring mission of OSCE in Ukraine," observers say.

As reported, despite all peace talks and agreements militant weapons are not silent in Donbas warzone. Heavy and deliberate shelling of civil residencies and infrastructure seems to be a typical Russian tactics. In summer even OSCE SMM was caught in mortar shelling in government-controlled village of Vodiane. Same tactics we can see in Syria, where Putin's deeds already called war crimes by European leaders.

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