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Ukraine Liveblog Day 227

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Geolocation of Residential Building in Donetsk from Which Rebels Fire

Ever since Russia's pro-government Channel 1 inadvertently documented how rebels occupied an apartment building and used it to fire on the Ukrainian army at the Donetsk airport, Russian and Ukrainian bloggers have been trying to locate the building.

At one point in the video after the fighter has shot out the window from an AGS 17, the camera pauses on a panoramic view, where some white cisterns can be seen on the upper right:

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Bloggers have identified this area to be in the line of sight from this building:


Translation: It's behind that very same nine-story "return fire" building on 11 a Vzlyotnaya St. and next door, 12 Govorova St. 12.

In the video, the reporter says at 0:46 that "It's quite likely the return fire will fly in," so this has become something of a meme on social media. (The word for retaliatory fire in Russia is otvetka.)

Here's the location on Google Maps, which is also in Street View.

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On the Channel 1 web site, the news story claims that this building was evacuated.


Translation: "Now the return fire will fly in". Yet on the Channel 1 site there's the same video, but the text says "the building is evacuated."

In fact, as we can see at  0:14 on the video, an elderly woman is still living in an apartment in the building.

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The blogger said this area was used by the fighters for a number of purposes.



Translation: they have a medical clinic, headquarters and assembly place in this quarter.

Another blogger said shooting from Grads was coming from another residential area about 10 kilometers from the airport:

Translation: now from this area today for the entire day there has been the pounding of Grads and so on.

On the earth view of the Google Map it can be seen that this is a wooded area by an old slag heap where the Grads may have been set up.

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This video uploaded September 27 and labelled "Storm of the airport. Givi unit (Donetsk 27.09.14)" also shows Russian-backed fighters shooting out of an apartment building that also has a close-up view of the cisterns and may be in or near the same building. Givi is the name of a "militia" commander.

At 3:30, the fighters pull out a copy of Google Maps themselves and discuss where it would be best to place the artillery.

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(Warning: graphic scenes.)

At 2:49 a T-72 tank can be seen with a red flag. As we have reported before, these are of the type of tanks only available from Russia and which are not in the Ukrainian arsenal.

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The rebels may have a kitten as a mascot, and a flag with a religious icon, but they have a skull emblem on the tank, and at the end of the video nonchalantly pass by two corpses, apparently airport technicians killed by shell fire.

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UPDATE

Reporters from Komsomolskaya Pravda filmed from the same apartment building the day before as can be seen from a video uploaded September 30.


There is the same building as visible in the Google Street View photo, although the worse for the wear from shelling.

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There is the same blue-painted corridor.

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Also, there's a door with the letters in Russian "TsDT" which could be an ironic "Central Tourist House" and indicate that the building is used for multiple purposes by the rebels as indicated above.

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There's also the same panoramic view out the window with the same white cisterns by the airport.

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The air traffic control tower is visible at 2:18 in a zoom shot. At about 5:00 an artilleryman nick-named "Sokol" who has been riding around shooting from residential neighborhoods also talks about the need to change positions often.

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Red Cross Confirms Death of Worker During Shelling In Donetsk
The Red Cross has confirmed the news we've been tracking for the last few hours:
Meanwhile, there's still no clear evidence of who fired the shells that hit the Red Cross building or what direction they came from, but these shells landed far from the Donetsk Airport where fighting has been raging for weeks (map).

Though there is not evidence that we've seen which could tell us which side fired the shells, supporters of the separatists are already inferring that these shells were fired from Ukraine's military. Yesterday, however, shells hit a school and bus stop in Donetsk, and while the Russian government and the separatists blamed Kiev, evidence seen by both the OSCE observers and by journalists suggest that the rockets came from the south, which means they were likely fired from territory occupied by Russian-backed militants.

The Ukrainian government, meanwhile, is blaming "terrorists."

The Ukrainian foreign minister, Pavel Klimkin, blamed the separatists for Thursday’s attack.

“I have only one question. Do the terrorists have any idea of what humanity is all about when they shell the Donetsk office of the ICRC, whose only aim is to help people?” he said.

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First Picture Shows Damage From Shells Which Hit Red Cross Building In Donetsk
These are the first pictures we've seen of the Red Cross headquarters in Donetsk, and they are disturbing:

New York Times reported Andrew Roth said that he heard "incoming" shells before the explosions, but there is not yet any indication of where the shells came from.


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Red Cross Worker, Swiss National, Killed In Explosion At ICRC Headquarters In Donetsk
Simon Kruse is a journalist for the Danish newspaper Berlingske, and can confirm that at least one person was killed at the Red Cross headquarters in Donetsk:
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OSCE Monitors Say Shells Fired on Bus Yesterday Came from South

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has issued its report today of the incident yesterday October 1 in which a bus near a school was shelled and 10 civilians were killed, although no school children were hurt.

We reported yesterday that the available evidence suggested that the rockets that hit the school likely came from separatist-held territory:


AFP's Paul Gypteau photographed the craters at the scene.


We geolocated the scene on Google Street View which is near the Sarepta Pharmacy and also showed the separatists' positions in the southwest. If OSCE is saying that the shelling is coming from the south, it is even less likely that the rockets were fired by the Ukrainian army at the airport.

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Here's what OSCE had to say today:

In Donetsk on 1 October, declared the first day of school for areas under control of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”), the SMM was alerted by representatives of the “DPR” “Ministry of Emergency Situations” about an incident close to a school in Kyivs’kyi district (5km north of the city centre), where shelling had allegedly caused civilian casualties. When at the scene, the SMM saw a large crater, one metre in diameter, some 50 metres from the school, which it assessed to have been the impact of a shell of an unspecified nature. The SMM was guided inside the building by “DPR” representatives, who showed the SMM two bodies on the floor. There were no casualties among the school children, according to the “DPR” representatives. The SMM moved to a street a few hundred meters from the school, where “DPR” representatives said that shelling had caused other victims.  On arrival, the SMM approached the bus station where it saw a bus almost entirely burnt out, and could observe six bodies at the scene. Around fifty metres north of the bus, the SMM saw a metallic object stuck in the asphalt which appeared to be a large rocket canister. Given its angle, the SMM assessed that it could have been fired from the south.

Here's a screenshot of the Google Map showing both the Donetsk Airport in the north and the location of the shell to the south:

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