By George Eliason, an American journalist living in Ukraine.
This morning January 22nd at 8:30 local time in Donetsk the Ukrainian army fired what appear to be 82mm shells at buses and trolleys near the center of the city. The targets were located within roughly a 25 meter radius of each other. The OSCE is investigating.
The terrorist strike on the bus shown above claimed the lives of 13-15 people including children. There are reported to be over 20 other critically injured, many with blast amputations. The driver of a car next to the blast burnt to death. The blast was large enough to blowout 2nd story windows in an apartment across from it and stopped the clock at 8:30.
Donetsk Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov gave a statement that a group of terrorists launching attacks on civilians have been caught and are Ukrainian military operatives. Small teams of Ukrainian army/terrorists have been perpetrating random drive by shootings with automatics in Donetsk since the Ukrainian army reignited the hot war eleven days ago.
In another development on Slavakaya St. which is located on the outskirts of Donetsk, a local resident noticed an improvised trip mine pictured above. The DNR (Donetsk Peoples Republic) army responded by sending an explosives team to defuse it. The mine was set up on a pathway to a children’s playground.
In the town of Stahanovo today a Grad and Hurricane rocket and missile attack left three children’s kindergartens entirely destroyed this morning. Three more pre-school facilities were targeted and partially destroyed. So far casualty reports are 8 civilians dead including at least 2 children and over 20 wounded. The attacks on civilians are escalating.
Sources are reporting that the attack this morning is only the
beginning of a much larger one. Ukraine’s Donbas Battalion is moving
military equipment into Artemovsk flying DNR flags and wearing DNR
uniforms. Artemovsk is in the control of the Ukrainian army.
The latest attacks on civilian targets in Donetsk show a blatant
pattern of criminal murder that has come to define the Ukrainian
Government in Kiev throughout the war. Like the other bus attack near Volonovaha where the Ukrainian army fired Grad rockets at one of their own checkpoints this attack shows the open criminality of the Poroshenko regime.
In developed countries governments that give their army units orders
to murder other army units and their own civilians are criminals.
Every official that could have influence and stop the crimes are held
accountable. Most developed countries also adhere to laws of war that
makes the purposeful targeting of civilians an international crime.
Leaders of countries that order crimes of this magnitude are
prosecuted either internally or in an international forum like the War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremburg. After WW2, a guilty verdict meant the responsible leaders were hung.
Why is this openly Nazi government instead rewarded?
Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, U.S. Army, is head of Allied Land Command
(LANDCOM) for NATO was in Kiev yesterday and awarded US Army Europe medallions for excellence to the Ukrainian army’s wounded.
General Hodges shook one Ukrainian soldiers hand and stated he was
“proud of his service to his country.”
At Debalsevo and the Donetsk airport where these wounded soldiers are coming from the Ukrainian army has been targeting civilians for
several months. The US Army head of LANDCOM takes pride in this? As an American I have never felt this much shame for my country. Just the sight of this man who is in the position of knowing exactly who he is dealing with shames the memory of my own grandfather and uncle who fought in WW2 against ultra-nationalism. My grandfather and uncle would not thank openly nazi governments for receiving him on “such short notice.” They were proud to be American.