LPR: Ukraine Armed Forces Opened Fire on Civilians in Popasnaya

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

18th June, 2016


Ukrainian Armed Forces opened fire on civilians in the centre of the district of Popasnaya near the contact line in territory under their control in Donbass, said the official representative of the LPR Defense Ministry Andrey Marochko, citing intelligence reports.

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According to this information, the soldiers of the 10th battalion of the 59th brigade of the Armed Forces blew up two grenades and opened fire with small arms on residents in the center of Popasnaya,” said Marochko.

According to the militia, there are killed and wounded among the civilians, although the exact number has not been established.

The government of Ukraine, for a third year, is waging a military operation against the breakaway LPR and the DPR, which declared their independence after the coup in Kiev in February 2014. According to the latest UN report, victims of the conflict total more than 9,000 people. The settlement of the situation is being discussed, including at the negotiations in Minsk, however, despite the armistice agreement between the parties to the conflict, the shooting continues.

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