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Footage From Yasnogorka Appears to Show Ukrainian Military Convoy Pushing Through Separatist Crowd
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A YouTube video has been making the rounds reportedly showing a Ukrainian Army convoy attempting to pass through a crowd of separatist protesters who were attempting to block their path near Yasnogorka, between Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. Such tactics have previously been responsible for the capture of Ukrainian BMD APCs, which are still in use by Russian-backed fighters in Slavyansk.

As the first BTR-80 APC approaches, a crowd of people (who appear unarmed) surround and attempt to hold onto the vehicle. The driver carries on, haltingly, while shots are fired (apparently into the air) as the crowd shouts "shame" and "Banderovtsy" at them. A large column of BTRs, 4x4s and trucks is behind. After the column succeeds in pushing through, firing more shots (the direction of which is not seen on camera) the cameraman and crowd rush over to where an elderly man is lying on the ground, apparently injured.  


Another video, taken shortly afterwards shows more of the apparently run-over man. He lies still but we can't make out any visible injuries. The Ukrainian military convoy has stopped. Soldiers have disembarked, holding back the crowd. One comes over to see what has happened. The crowd now chants "fascists" at them. 

We can't say for sure if this is a genuine casualty or something done for effect. If confirmed, it does however demonstrate that the Ukrainian military is responding more aggressively to attempts to stop their movements with human shield tactics.