The militants fired from «Grad» from residential area of Donetsk — Bellingcat

An international group of investigators Bellingcat analyzed satellite images, videos, reports of the OSCE, reports Donetsk in aisyah and came to the conclusion that the militants «DNR» fired from the MLRS, established in the residential quarters of Donetsk. This is stated in the report of the investigators published on February 2.

«Given the array of information clearly indicates that at least 31 January and 1 February 2017 from the area of the hypermarket «Auchan» in breakaway Donetsk have carried out launches MLRS. Position places the start in the depths of the so-called «DNR», as well as the direction of fire (Avdeevka) clearly indicates which party to the conflict responsible for these attacks,» reads the report.

«One of the places of starts is 200 metres to the East of the supermarket, and less than 500 metres from schools and homes. The second launch site is immediately adjacent to the highway, at a distance of about 600 meters from the industrial zone and 1000 meters from the residential quarter. Some of the attacks were carried out by day on a bypass road was moving civilian vehicles», according to investigators.

Bellingcat investigators are confident that the residential quarters, the militants specifically chose to risk the lives of civilians.

«Given the proximity of both places starts to located in the area of civil infrastructure, any Ukrainian counterattack, designed to quell the fire of MLRS, automatically would have put at risk the lives of civilians living in the area. For triggers must have used reactive multiple rocket launchers BM-21 «Grad», the chassis which allow cars to move on the road. Thus, it is possible to use a different starting place. However, the repeated use of the launch site 200 metres to the East of the hypermarket «Auchan» clearly indicates that this area was specifically chosen and civilian lives were deliberately put at risk,» reads the report.

We will remind, on January 29 it was reported that the Russian occupation of hybrid armed groups have carried out assault operations in the area of Avdeyevka industrial area to seize positions of Ukrainian Armed forces and that both sides suffered serious losses.

As a result of the shelling of Avdeevka remained without power, electricity and heat.

The city declared a state of emergency.

Rescuers urgently transferred to the plant ancillary equipment, generators and field kitchens. Avdiivka coke (APS), the largest in Europe coke-chemical plant, stopped work after the attacks due to the loss of power, managed to maintain an Autonomous electricity generation at the plant and provide heating of the Avdeevka coke-oven gas.

Thus from-for attacks of teams linemen can not reach the area of damage to power lines.

On January 31 the Russian occupation forces continued unsuccessful attack using artillery and mortars.

February 1 ATO forces repulsed several attacks of militants.

It was reported that illegal armed formation «Somalia» lost in the area of Avdeevka, about 40% of the personnel.

The militants fired from «Grad» from residential area of Donetsk — Bellingcat 03.02.2017

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