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Ukraine Live Day 333

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Shelling And Flashes At Donetsk Airport Right Now
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Missing Soledar Deputy Found Murdered In Salt Mine

Ukrainska Pravda reports that Ivan Reznichenko, a town council deputy in from Soledar, in the Donetsk region, who went missing on June 21 last year, has been found dead in a nearby salt mine.

The press office of Reznichenko's party, Batkivshchyna, reported that he had been killed on the orders of separatist fighters.

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The head of the Independent Union of Miners, Mikhail Volynets, said that Reznichenko's body was found on January 14 by his friend, another Soledar council deputy, during a search.

Volynets announced that two criminals, who had, he claimed, killed Reznichenko on the orders of the separatists, have been arrested by law enforcement officers.

Ukrainska Pravda reports that Reznichenko was the head of the local union branch of the Artyomsol salt company and was known for holding patriotic, pro-Ukrainian views.

The detainees were reported to have confessed to following Reznichenko for a week before kidnapping him on his way home from a garage 

Wolynets said that the men had shot Reznichenko twice in the head and then, seeing that he was still alive, slit his throat before throwing him into a a pit at the mine.

Reznichenko's family had reportedly held out hope that he was being detained until the news of the discovery.

As Ukrainska Pravda notes, the case is reminiscent of the abduction and murder of another Batkivshchyna deputy, Volodymyr Rybak.

Rybak was a deputy in the Gorlovka city council and was abducted from the city hall by Russian or separatist militants on April 17 last year.

Rybak's body was found several days later near Slovyansk. Both he and another, unidentified man, had been tortured and left to drown in a river

-- Pierre Vaux

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Ukrainians Protest Due To Lack Of Action To Save The 'Cyborgs' At Donetsk Airport

Ukrainians concerned about the fate of the "Cyborgs" demonstrated outside the presidential administration building this evening in Kiev, news.liga.net and Ukrinform reported.

As the Cyborgs -- as the Ukrainian soldiers defending the airport are known -- engage in a fierce battle to defend the remnants of the Donetsk Airport, concern has mounted about their fate.

They demanded that reinforcements be brought into the soldiers, and that the wounded be evacuated. Aleksey Pokotilo, deputy head of the main department of security and defense of the presidential administration, came out to speak to the demonstrators. The Interpreter has the translation of his remarks:

"Really, the situation around the airport is very difficult now. Battles are underway. The losses you know about, remain the same. At this time there are no more losses. All those who are wounded are now in hospitals. Assistance is being given to them. Their status is critical but stable, but there is no reason to believe there is a threat to their lives."

Pokotilo said one soldier was killed and 11 wounded in the last 24 hours.

He also noted that it was hard to bring in armaments to the area around the airport, and at any rate the soldiers there have enough weapons. He said that reinforcements had been sent to the Cyborgs, but there was "a certain problem" with this, evidently due to the fierce fighting. He said a plan to rescue the Cyborgs has been developed.

The demonstrators began to disperse after meeting with Pokotilo, Ukrinform reports. They cancelled plans to travel to President Petro Poroshenko's residence in Kozintsi to present their demands.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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Firemen Coping with Fuel Tank Fire at Shebelinka

Firemen have reportedly doused the flames in one of three fuel tanks at the Shebelinka Rail Station in Kharkiv Region, says Sergei Bondarenko, a citizen reporter.

He says they are still working on the other two tanks.

"They are still putting out [the flames]. Two tanks remain, and they've dragged the other [tanks] to the side," he told The Interpreter.

Bondarenko has posted some footage of the fire which he says was taken at a distance, at a rail crossing. "The fire is under it, and a bit behind," he said.


 

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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Shocking Amounts Of Damage To Donetsk Airport - As Seen From a Drone
A group called Army SOS -- a private group which is collecting donations to help the Ukrainian military -- has released footage taken from a drone yesterday over Donetsk airport. This video shows the entire campus of the airport. The amount of  damage is simply breathtaking.

It's nearly impossible to imagine how anyone could survive shelling like that, and yet not only have Ukraine's Cyborgs continued to hold the airport, the airport has suffered even more heavy shelling today.

-- James Miller

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