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Military Times on Ukrainian Army in Krymske

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Russian-Backed Militants Shell Water Pumps Supplying Front Line Towns

Russian-backed militants made a massive artillery attack on Popasnaya from their position in Pervomaisk, 0642.ua reported, citing the office of Governor Hennadiy Moskal.

Popasnaya is on the line of contact and has frequently come under attack. According to preliminary reports, howitzers and large-caliber self-propelled artillery were used in the attacks. Shells exploded on the outskirts of town, although there were no reports of injuries. Druzhba, a suburb of Popasnaya, as well as the 16th district lost power.

Fighters from the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" (LNR) also shelled the pump station at the village of Svetlichnoye in the Popasnaya District, the governor's office said. The station controls the water to a number of towns along the front in Lugansk Region.

Governor Hennadiy Moskal stated (translation by The Interpreter):

"This is already the second deliberate shelling in recent days of the water supply system on the line of contect. Early last week, the militants struck the pump station at Karbonit with Grads and artillery, which we were able to quickly repair, and now they've shelled and damaged the pump station in Svetlichnoye. After such swinishness, we don't plan to supply water to occupied territory."

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick


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Russia Rejects UN Tribunal for MH17; Dutch Investigators Researching Cell Towers Blocked from Lugansk Region

As the New York Times reported yesterday June 27, Russia has indicated that it would reject a UN tribunal on the shooting down of Malaysian Airline flight MH17, widely believed on the base of ample evidence to have been shot down by Russian-backed separatists.

A good question to ask about Russia's position is this one from a Columbia University professor:

Russia isn't being singled out here in some special way -- the UN has set up a number of tribunals in the past to deal with mass crimes against humanity which violate UN conventions or other violations of its charter.


Russia has worked overtime to claim that the downing of MH17 is all Ukraine's fault, first claiming that a Ukrainian plane shot a missile at the Malaysian Boeing, then advancing other variations of these air missile claims that were easily disproved.

When it was clear no one but Russia's state media would believe them, recently Russia began to publish expert hypotheses to concede that while yes, the plane was shot down by a Buk, it had to have been owned by Ukraine as it was ostensibly in Ukrainian-controlled territory -- another contention debunked by the Russian independent media.

Whatever its changing story, Russia has always claimed to have proof that Ukraine was to blame, and contended that the US and EU had no satellite or forensic evidence as they would have published this by now to prove its point.

Numerous pieces of evidence against a Ukrainian perpetrator and leaning toward Russia and its supported separatists have been found in social media by citizen reporters and by mainstream media reporters.

If Russia believes its own stories, why wouldn't it be happy to have them put to test by an international tribunal?

Meanwhile. there was a report June 27 that a Dutch investigation team has completed its investigation at the site of the crash and has recorded information about the cell towers in the area.

The text shown in the tweet can be found in another New York Times article and says in part:

The most important goals of the mission were in this region. "Ground samples have been taken at various locations and technical research has been conducted to locate cell towers and check the working of the Eastern-Ukrainian telephone network. The information that has been collected during the mission, will be examined and analyzed in the Netherlands."

No Access Lugansk

"The mission was also aimed at technical research into cell towers and telephone network in the Luhansk area. This has until now not succeeded, as representatives of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in talks with the OSCE until now have refused access to the Luhansk area."

While this was not stated and the Dutch researchers may have been investigating some other aspect of the crash, what this could indicate is an effort to find from the ground up in real life -- as distinct from the Internet -- how accurate the geotagging of social media created from camera phones and other devices that take pictures. These depend on Ukrainian cell towers.

One of the most important pieces of social media evidence comes from a tweet of a photo made from a local photographer who took this picture from his room using his camera, as has been recounted by Dutch journalist Olaf Koens, with further detail by Sergei Parkhomenko was covered in the report by the colleagues of Boris Nemtsov.

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He turned over his camera to the Dutch investigation team so they can verify all the metadata.

Another key video was this one, actually taken by a Ukrainian Interior Ministry intelligence officer, first publicized on July 18, 2014 by Interior Minister Aven Avakov, who said the truck had passed through Krasnodon on its way out of Ukraine to Russia and the "GPS coordinates" were known. The video was taken with a zoom lens, not a dashboard camera.


Avakov didn't reveal its coordinates on the day he posted it, July 18, setting swarms of bloggers to hunt for it. They came close, and we were able to debunk the Russian Defense Ministry's disinformation about it with a fake geolocation. On July 19, he clarified that the video was taken in Lugansk, but said he could not cite the coordinates for security reason. Ultimately, no one could pinpoint the video's geolocation exactly until Avakov revealed the coordinates on July 22, 2014. Then bloggers corroborated the location from other photographic clues, including the billboard displayed on the scene.

A picture snapped of a Buk in Stary Oskol posted by Twitter blogger @5urpher later verified as in Ukraine by Bellingcat has a geotag on it as seen originally on VKontakte which enabled it to be verified using Google Street View.


In these and numerous other photos and videos, either the geotag is known or is displayed showing the location of the scene, or has been described by citizen reporters finding matches of scenes with known pictures on Google or Panoramio or other services.

But are those geotags accurate? There have been claims that the cell towers in Ukraine and Russia do not not render precise geotags for various reasons.  We have seen this ourselves in researching some stories. This issue came up on a story involving claims regarding a Russian soldier operating a Buk near the Ukrainian border. That may be what the Dutch investigators hope to find, but they've been blocked from Lugansk, where some of the most important evidence has come from.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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