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    June 30, 2016

    Coordinates for de-mining, coordinated with OSCE, lead to ambush

    Max Bonelli in Opinione Publica, June 29, 2016
    Translated from Italian by Tom Winter June 30, 2016 
    Original title and header: Ambush in Shirokino, the end of a truce that never started
    The Ukrainian army again violates the pacts even to the extent of bombing de-miners at Shirokino, breaking the Minsk agreements.
    On June 27, a patrol of DNR engineers was performing a de-mining operation coordinated with the OSCE in the safety zone which separates the front in accordance with the Minsk accords. The Ukrainians were notified with coordinates of the de-mining operations intended at the return of civilians to their homes.

    The patrol was ambushed by Ukrainians via a precision bombing (thanks to the received coordinates) which resulted in two dead and several wounded de-miners. Then a mixed assault squad consisting of 54th Brigade elements combined with elements of the National Guard captured the demining team, mostly injured by the bombing and unable to defend themselves.

    This episode because of its gravity and the defiance of all the rules of the Minsk agreements could be the preamble to a worsening of the conflict: On the 28th the DNR territories were bombardeded 734 times of which 90 strikes werre heavy artillery of 122 and 152 mm.

    The renewal of sanctions by the European countries plus the continuing Ukrainian attacks and probably under US direction could give the Russians the green light to an
    effective response to the continuous provocations.

    To make peace as well as war takes two and the Ukrainians have been stating their intentions for months, with cannons. 

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