‘Bombardment never stops’: E. Ukrainian refugees share horrors of Kiev military op

 

Published by RT, June 13, 2014 19:34

Kiev does not care about civilians in eastern Ukraine, and people have to flee their homes amid daily bombings, Ukrainian refugees told RT at a temporary camp in Russia’s Rostov. It comes amid Kiev’s “lies” about humanitarian corridors, they said.

Thousands of eastern Ukrainians are flowing into Russia amid the ongoing Kiev military operation, in which the cities occupied by anti-government activists are being shelled and bombarded with heavy artillery and incendiary bombs. Even in large regional centers like Lugansk, people no longer feel safe, as cases of Ukrainian jets launching missiles at central city buildings in broad daylight have been reported.

While many men and elderly people of eastern Ukraine are unwilling to leave their native land, women with children are flocking to Russia’s cities and regions to stay with relatives or friends. Those who have neither are heading for refugee camps in Rostov.

“According to the Federal Migration Service, more than 40,000 Ukrainian citizens have crossed into Rostov Region. As of today, about 4,000 Ukrainians have been housed in temporary accommodation centers,” a local Russian Emergencies Ministry official, Aleksandr Naumov, told RT.

A Ukrainian mother holds her daughter in a refugee camp outside the Russian southern city of Rostov-on -Don on June 12, 2014 (AFP Photo / Andrey Kronberg)

A Ukrainian mother holds her daughter in a refugee camp outside the Russian southern city of Rostov-on -Don on June 12, 2014 (AFP Photo / Andrey Kronberg)

Reporting from the Russian-Ukrainian border, RT’s Paul Scott interviewed several women, who said they left their husbands and relatives behind to get the children away from shooting, bombing, and air raids.

“We left because we are scared. The streets are empty – we are afraid to let our children go outside. They too got scared and nervous with the constant sound of gunfire and jets,” a woman said.

Another female refugee, who fled the embattled city of Slavyansk with two small children, shared the story of their desperate escape.

“First we fled to Nikolayevka when the bombardment got intense. They then started bombing Nikolayevka too and we fled to Artyomovsk. In Artyomovsk, almost every night there were shootings, explosions, we heard how Grad [multiple rocket launchers] were fired at some places nearby…I can’t bear those sounds anymore,” the woman said while crying.

Screenshot from RT video

Screenshot from RT video

People from other regions of eastern Ukraine “are in fact fleeing because they know the story of Slavyansk,” another woman, who crossed to Russia with her two sons and cats, told RT.

“The [Ukrainian] National Guard is simply bombarding the people, killing children. We fear for our children above all, we want them to be alive and well,”
she explained.

One of her sons has been having nightmares because he heard a shooting close by at night, the woman said.

According to the woman, her Ukrainian-speaking neighbors do not understand her family and support Kiev’s military operation. Moreover, the Ukrainian authorities and media are outright “lying” about civilian corridors being organized for refugees, she said.

“It is scary in this situation that the Ukrainian authorities, the Ukrainian media are lying about humanitarian corridors being organized – there is no such thing in reality. They are not letting the people leave, and the bombardments never stop. They don’t give a damn about us, the people of Donbas, Lugansk, they just need the territory,”
the woman said.

 

Watch RT’s Paul Scott talking with eastern Ukrainian refugees

 

 

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier on Thursday visited Rostov to meet with eastern Ukrainian refugees and hear their accounts of Kiev’s military operation – a move which was welcomed by Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that talking to witnesses about the events in eastern Ukraine is crucial for anyone wishing to get a “full, clear and impartial picture” of what is happening there.However, Zannier outraged the refugees after saying that newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “wants prosperity for Ukraine and is ready to use every effort for that.” The witnesses of Kiev’s military operation responded by shouting: “No! This is not our president, we did not elect him,” RIA Novosti reported.Meanwhile, ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday recorded a video address, in which he urged Kiev to stop the military operation.
Screenshot from RT video

Screenshot from RT video

 

Yanukovich, who was born in Donetsk Region, said people there are “shocked that instead of peace and stability [they got] a bloody massacre” right at the start of Poroshenko’s term.

“It is unbearable to see those deaths, this hatred incited in the not-so-long-ago peaceful country,” the ousted Ukrainian leader said. Yanukovich wondered why European leaders kept reminding him of the “unacceptability” of the use of force against civilians in the wake of mayhem in Kiev, but are now supporting the use of heavy artillery and jets against the population of eastern Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Minister on Friday held a phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Andrey Deshchitsa, in which he reminded Kiev of its responsibility for handling the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine.

“Lavrov particularly stressed the importance of providing humanitarian aid to the residents of southeastern Ukraine, the creation of appropriate conditions for a safe passage of refugees to the territory of the Russian Federation,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

DRAMATIC: Ukraine army and self-defense militia exchange bodies (VIDEO)

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Lugansk militiamen on a road waiting for Ukrainian troops. Still from AP video

 

Published time: June 19, 2014 11:14
Edited time: June 19, 2014 14:20

 

In an unprecedented move, Ukrainian self-defense forces and Kiev’s troops have carried out an exchange of dead bodies near Donetsk. However, a fragile ceasefire reached for the exchange was interrupted by shooting.

Waving a white cloth, self-defense forces of the Lugansk People’s Republic, wearing camouflage and masks, met Ukrainian troops on a road. The latter were also hold a white flag with a black ribbon over it.

The dramatic exchange took place at dawn in the eastern town of Karlivka, just outside Donetsk.

The Lugansk militiamen took the bodies of nine of their killed comrades and also 12 injured troops and handed the remains of over 100 of Kiev’s army fighters to the Ukrainian forces, “not counting those in the airport.”

Truck containing bodies passing by on road to Ukrainian side. Still from AP video

Truck containing bodies passing by on road to Ukrainian side. Still from AP video

 

The two sides managed to arrange a brief truce to hand over the bodies of Ukrainian troops, including those who died when the anti-Kiev troops shot down a transport plane over last weekend.

As a member of the anti-Kiev troops, who identified himself as Sova, says in the video, one of the trucks “holds 49 bodies of Ukrainian paratroopers who died near Lugansk airport. We didn’t receive anything in return in this handover,” he told AP. The bodies have been transported to the city of Dnepropetrovsk for post-mortem examination.

 

A Lugansk militiaman on road holding white flag, Ukrainian soldiers seen approaching from further down the road. Still from AP video

A Lugansk militiaman on road holding white flag, Ukrainian soldiers seen approaching from further down the road. Still from AP video

“We have fully complied with the terms of the agreement, letting them pick up their dead,” Lugansk People’s Republic representative Valery Bolotov said, adding that “it happened in Donetsk region and at our southern borders.”

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After the handover, Bolotov claimed that Ukrainian armed forces “demanded $5,000 for each body.”

The Ukrainian self-defense forces want to collect bodies from another region – near the town of Shchastye – but that is impossible so far, said Oleg Tarasyuk, a representative of the Lugansk People’s Republic.

The two sides are also holding negotiations to exchange prisoners, Bolotov said.

“Ukrainian army officials and prisoners’ relatives are constantly asking us for exchanges. We are considering their offers,” he said.

Kiev’s army shelling kills 5yr-old boy & his mom in Slavyansk

 

 

 

 

 

Published time: June 20, 2014 12:51
Edited time: June 20, 2014 14:20

 

A five-year-old boy died in eastern Ukraine of multiple head wounds Friday from a Ukrainian mortar shell, despite a 5-hour-long operation by doctors to save his life, Russian media report. His mother died on the spot in the same mortar shelling.

 

When Arseny Danchenko was admitted into the hospital Thursday, doctors found at least 30 head wounds caused by mortar shell fragments from one to five millimeters in diameter. Many of the wounds were declared inoperable, yet surgeons attempted to do whatever they could.

“Arseny died at 2am last night. Medics tried to save his life for over five hours,” Russian daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported from the hospital.

On Thursday evening, Ukraine’s National Guards artillery, stationed on the Karachun mountain, rained a barrage of mortar shells on the Golubovka suburb of Slavyansk.

Arseny’s mother, Nadezhda Danchenko, 29, ran out into the courtyard to grab her son and hide in the cellar. But as soon as she picked her son up in her arms, a shell exploded right next to her, killing her immediately.

“My daughter screamed that the shooting began,” Nadezhda’s mother told Russia’s LifeNews TV. “I told her to get to the cellar. We heard explosions, and she rushed out. At that very moment, the shell came. And now she’s gone.”

The chief doctor at the hospital in Slavyansk, Arkady Glushchenko, told the channel straightaway that the chances to save Arseny’s life were slim, with “so many fragments stuck in his brain.”

Apart from the Danchenkos, seven other people were wounded in the same artillery barrage, including a man and a woman with fatal wounds, who died later in the hospital, which was packed to overflowing.

Glushchenko said that all the people hospitalized with mortar injuries were civilians.

“I do not comprehend what is going on,” he said.

“When are these killings going to stop?” a relative of Danchenko’s said. “When will they leave us alone? When will they let us live the way we used to? Why are they killing us?”

Witnesses told LifeNews that the Ukrainian army was using heavy artillery and that shells are exploding in and next to the settlement every day. Residents of Golubovka said that shells are incoming simultaneously, three to four at a time.

A house damaged by fighting between Ukrainian and and anti-government forces is seen in the eastern Ukranian city of Slaviansk June 16, 2014. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

A house damaged by fighting between Ukrainian and and anti-government forces is seen in the eastern Ukranian city of Slaviansk June 16, 2014. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

 

“Every night we go to sleep listening whether they are starting to shoot or not,” a local woman said. “They’re shooting all the time from two locations, Karachun and Rybkhoz. I don’t know how to live here anymore.” She added that on Thursday the Ukrainian artillery was shelling some other targets, then all of a sudden, without any ranging-in shots, the shells began to land in the yards of apartment blocks.

Local residents walk near a house destroyed during a night combat between Ukrainian and anti-government forces in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, on May 23, 2014. (AFP Photo)

Local residents walk near a house destroyed during a night combat between Ukrainian and anti-government forces in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, on May 23, 2014. (AFP Photo)

Ruslan Khakimov, Nadezhda Danchenko’s husband, said that Ukrainian authorities should come see the material evidence of the shelling and “draw their own conclusions.”

“We’re not going to leave Slavyansk so easily now,” he said.

The humanitarian crisis in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk is worsening by day by day, with disruption of water supplies and electricity amid continuing fighting.

A destroyed house following what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces is seen in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk June 10, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

A destroyed house following what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces is seen in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk June 10, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared that he was ready to order a temporary unilateral ceasefire, but since then the Ukrainian army has not shown any sign of ending its military campaign.

 

A woman stands in a cafe burnt during a night combat between Ukrainian and anti-government forces in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, on May 22, 2014. (AFP Photo)

A woman stands in a cafe burnt during a night combat between Ukrainian and anti-government forces in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, on May 22, 2014. (AFP Photo)

 

 

 

 

A Young Girl from Slavyansk Ready to Defend Her Hometown against the Kiev Regime

 

The following video and testimony was sent to GR from Eastern Ukraine [minor editing by GR]

 

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A young girl from Slavyansk is ready to defend her hometown of Slavyansk together with her fellow citizens.

How much longer is the Ukrainian nationalistic government in Kiev going to kill its own citizens – women, children, seniors?

In Slavyansk they have cut off the water supply.  There is no electricity, no food, no medical supplies.

Of course, cutting water off is the Kiev’s regime favourite strategy.  Too bad they cannot cut off the oxygen supply.

Elderly people are dying.  When did it become normal to bomb cities?!

Thousands of refugees are leaving their homes and fleeing to Russia to escape the daily bombing raids.  But the more fiercely the Ukrainian army attacks, the stronger the resistance movement.

She also says that a Ukrainian military aircraft with bombs on board dropped them on a residential area, and immediately after that positioned itself behind a passenger plane, hoping that Slavyansk fighters would not take the risk of shooting down their aircraft because it was so dangerously close to the passenger plane.

A horrible tragedy luckily did not happen in which the military aircraft, if downed, could have carried along the passenger plane, as well.

 

 

 

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New Project: Wayne Coyne Turns Into A Spaceship

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Electric Würms mini-album features ‘treatments’ of songs by Yes, Miles Davis.

Hear the freaky evidence now!

Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne  releases the mind-warping Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk (trans: Music That’s Hard To Twerk To), under the moniker Electric Würms, in August.

“They call themselves Electric Würms after the greatest of the super freaks,” ‘explains’ Coyne of the side project, which includes fellow Flaming Lip Steven Drodz and members of Nashville psychsters Linear Downfall, “but they are not a super-group. They are like Sherpas climbing with you. To help you. To love you.”

Psychedelic showman Coyne reckons that “it all began in the ’70s when… the overly optimistic freaks of the day began flying into outer space… They flew in spaceships that were, at first, made of futuristic super metal but before too long they didn’t even NEED ships. They BECAME the ships and they called themselves Electric Würms.”

MOJO readers can experience unaided space flight with this early stream of album track Heart Of The Sunrise, a treatment inspired by the Yes track of the same name…

 

 

Whether Electric Würms are in fact spaceships, Sherpas, or cryptologists, Coyne assures “a hypnotic mood for most of the space bible readings” on this debut record. Certainly, MOJO can confirm that the approach is at the more impressionistic end of the Flaming Lips spectrum. One track, Transform, is based on Miles Davis’s Sivad, the opener from his 1971 album, Live-Evil.

 

Queen Announce Live At The Rainbow

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Rare live recordings and footage from 40 years ago finally get an official airing.

On September 8, 2014, Queen will release Live At The Rainbow ’74, featuring rare and previously unissued material recorded in London during the group’s first two headlining tours of the UK.

The release is set to appear in several formats, including a Super Deluxe Box edition containing two full concerts – from the Rainbow Theatre in March and November 1974 – plus a DVD/Blu-Ray of footage from both gigs, a 60-page book, and reproductions of tour itineraries, posters, button badges and tickets.

The shows marked the mercurial lift-off of the group, and date from the spring Queen II and autumn Sheer Heart Attack tours. The concerts were recorded with a view to putting out a live album, but the growing popularity of the band and their accelerating creative momentum meant the tapes were archived.

Although some of the material has subsequently seen the light of day, 15 tracks have never before enjoyed an official release, including The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke – the only known live version of the song, which Queen dropped from their set after the March 31, 1974 Rainbow concert, Mojo music magazine reported.

The DVD/Blu-Ray element of the package features a whole show of unedited performances constructed from film of the November 19/20 1974 concerts, plus four songs from the March gig.