3-3-2015Merged from Sputnik News and Life News A commander of the “Azov” volunteer battalion and his driver crashed to their death in an off-road car retreating from the village of Shirokyne in the Donetsk Region of East Ukraine.
The car smashed into a monument built in the memory of the heroes of World War II. The memorial survived the hit and did not fall, but the two Ukrainian national security agents died on the spot.
On the last day before the armistice on February 14, the car crashed into a memorial to the heroes of World War II. Self-defense fighters considered the accident very symbolic.
Part of village is under the control of the self-defense forces, and the other part is controlled by the Ukrainian army. As a whole, the ceasefire in the village is being observed. However, localized shooting has taken place because not all fighters of Ukraine’s National Guard have obeyed the orders of Petro Poroshenko.
“[We’ve seen] frequent provocations from their side, bombardments and shelling from the tanks and 120 mortars. The last shelling was yesterday, we didn’t respond, we sat out… They have two working tanks, they often hit apartment houses, which have no relation to military facilities,” one of the defenders of Shirokyne said.
The independent supporters of Donetsk People’s Republic have held the fort here without heavy weapons. The representatives of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic reported that they had completed the withdrawal of artillery from the line of contact with the Ukrainian military in accordance with the plan approved by military representatives of both parties and the agreement enshrined in the first paragraph of measures in observance with the Minsk agreements.
OSCE representatives recorded the observance of the Minsk agreement by authorities of Donetsk People’s Republic. International observers praised the steps of the DPR to ease the tensions in Donbas. As for the Ukraine’s National Guard, the DPR’s Ministry of Defense noted on February 28 that they had only withdrawn 15 percent of armaments from the contact line. According to the self-defense fighters, the National Guard has no hurry to perform the agreement and had only partially removed their artillery.
[Joaquin Flores Note: It is interesting to note that there may be something more going on than what is reported. Watching the Life News video – see link above – we can see that there are bullet holes in both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Red Army monument. Furthermore and strangely, this event seems to have taken place about two weeks ago, and is only being reported now. We also learn from this that despite the ceasefire, fighting continues over the village of Shirokyne, which is presently still contested by the opposing sides. Speculations in the blogosphere also suggested that the Jeep may have hit another object, but was moved to the location of the statue in order to make an interesting story with a non-too subtle message]
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