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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Ukraine Liveblog Day 233

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Military Base, Seized By Russian-Backed Militants, Reportedly Destroyed By Rocket In Donetsk

The Ukraine at War blog has been following an interesting story today. According to the separatist leader who goes by the nom de guerre "Givi," a large rocket, a Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missile, hit a base held by Russian-backed militants several days ago, killing hundreds. The SS-21 Scarab, or "Tochka," is a large tactical missile system capable of hitting a target between 15 and 75 kilometers away.

While the use of such a weapon cannot be confirmed, the Ukraine at War blog has geolocated the video below which shows some of the damage to the nearby buildings. The damage is extensive.

Here is his conclusion:

Even though some people argue that it may not be a Tochka-U, fact is that the destruction is of an unknown level and typical for a Tochka-U. Also, this is not the first time a Tochka-U is used in this war. But it is the first time it is used on a base.

Whatever it was... SONETHING happened. And that means: after weeks of repeated (and repelled) attacks on Donetsk airport... Ukraine strikes back!

Read the entire investigation here.

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Shelling of Donetsk Apartment Buildings Did Not Come From Donetsk Airport

UPDATED: As we reported earlier, some apartment buildings were shelled in Donetsk today.

This video taken by a citizen reporter shows some buildings on Batishcheva Street -- at the end of the video, the cameraman focuses on the building address, so that we can see he is at "Batishcheva 11."

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We can see the damage to the side of the building as follows:

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Looking at the address on Google Maps, we can see the position of the buildings on Batishcheva Street in a courtyard and find number 11. The camera starts at number 11, then pans around to a different building, then back to no. 11. The picture above shows the building where he starts his video on the right and the building where he ends his video on the left. Note that the left side of the building he zooms, no. 11, has all the characteristics of the building he starts off filming, as pictured below:

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We showed this video to @djp3tros from Ukraine@War and he believes that it was filmed from the north of building 11, meaning that the damage shown is to the north facing side of the northeastern corner of the building. This screenshot at 0:36 shows a small road on the right side of the building:

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Then the camera pans. The cameraman walks to the other side of the path and is standing in front of the opposite building, which he films at 0:57:

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Then we take a look at the damage to the building:

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This means that the shell that hit the building had to come from either the north or the east. It could not have come from the west, since the area it hit is recessed. When we place this impact on a map, we see that Donetsk airport is to the northeast, while areas known to have shelled the airport are to the north and east.

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For more information on the position of guns which are shelling the Donetsk International Airport, see our article What We Can Learn from Russian State TV and Russian-Backed Separatist Propaganda Videos.

Note: an earlier version of this update placed the camera to the south of building 11, not the north, which would have meant the incoming fire came from either the west or south, not the north or east. We are now confident that the camera is filming building 11 from the north, however in both scenarios it would not be possible for the shell to hit this building to have come from Donetsk airport to the northeast.

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Donetsk Heavily Shelled, At Least Two Killed Today

AFP reports (via RFE/RL) that Donetsk has been the site of intense shelling today:

Ukraine's eastern city Donetsk was under artillery fire Wednesday, with at least two people killed when shells hit an area northeast of the city center, AFP correspondents saw.

Rocket fire hit a neighborhood of the train station in the afternoon in the city controlled by the pro-Russian separatists. AFP correspondents saw two dead bodies near a cafe in the area.

Several injured people could be seen in the area after shells also hit a supermarket, a sports store, and a residential building.


Both sides blame each other for the shelling, though it is clear that most, but not all, of the shelling is taking place in the immediate vicinity of the Donetsk International Airport which is controlled by Ukrainian soldiers and is under attack by Russian-backed separatists.

This video, reportedly taken today and posted to the pro-Ukraine Euromaidan PR Youtube channel, reportedly shows damage to a residential building done by shells launched by "terrorists." 

The video shows the address of the building which is at 11 Batishcheva Street, located here on Google Maps.

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It is clear evidence that, with each passing day that the ceasefire is broken, civilians are endangered by the fighting:

As we've been reporting, even Russian state-controlled media organizations have documented cases where the Russian-backed militants have used civilians as human shields in Donetsk.
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Russian-Backed Militants Shell Mine in Gorlovka; Ukrainian Forces Return Fire

Russian-backed militants shelled the mining complex in Gorlovka (Horlivka in Ukrainian) yesterday October 7.

A citizen reporter uploaded a video to YouTube:


This screenshot from the video shows the mine in the distance and a building in front of the camera:

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The blogger @djp3tros from Ukraine@War has geolocated the video for The Interpreter here on Google Maps.

Here is a picture of the mining complex from Panoramio:

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Here's a screenshot of the camera position and mine on Google Maps:

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Here's another video evidently from the same camera position but pointed further north. The video uploaded to YouTube is labelled "Kirovskoye, battle near the Komsomolets Mine, Donbass, 7.10.2014."


The complex in this screenshot can be seen on Google Maps as follows:

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The battle position is here:

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In this video uploaded today October 8, a soldier in the Ukrainian ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) reported that the Russian-backed fighters shelled the mine last night, they returned fire, and there were losses on the side of the militants.


Translation: The night was disturbed in Gorlovka. Gorlovka residents report that at about 00:20 to 00:40 there was artillery fire in the city.

There have been a number of other reports of militant activity around Gorlovka which have not yet been confirmed:

Translation: Militiamen have mined the bridge from ? quarter into the city. If they blow it up, the city will be totally blocked from entry.

There have been a number of other reports of militant activity around Gorlovka which have not yet been confirmed:

Translation: The printing press in Gorlovka has been seized. As the Ukrainian Interior Ministry cite reports, a group of unknown armed persons sezied it on Lenin St.


Translation: The terrorists have organized a provocation: they have taken Ukrainian flags and have gone to rob people.



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US State Department Pledges More Support For Ukraine Border Guard

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has visited a Ukrainian Border Guard base today and has delivered statements of support to the Ukrainian government. Below is an excerpt, but the entire statement can be found here.

Today Ambassador Pyatt and I are proud to fulfill America’s pledge to you to stand with you as partners, friends, compatriots, today to exchange protocols on an agreement that will allow us to deepen our partnership with the State Border Guards. And today we’ll be providing an additional $10 million in body armor, protective gear for personnel, up-armored SUVs, patrol vehicles and thermal vision devices for the border guards.

As Ambassador Pyatt said, we’ve worked together with the State Border Service for more than 10 years, working on nuclear nonproliferation, stopping crime, stopping smuggling, training your border guards and maritime units. But today this partnership is even more existential. It’s about Ukraine’s survival as a sovereign state, something that is deeply in the interest of the United States.

In addition, we’ll also be providing $1.4 million for the State Export Control and Border Security services, and $15 million from our Defense Threat Reduction Agency for scanners, for communications equipment, for patrol vessels, and for vehicles that support the border guards as you do your work on land, on sea, and in the air.

The United States will continue to stand with you as you strengthen your border. I want to take this opportunity on behalf of the American people to thank each and every member of the Border Guard who serves so bravely for the Ukrainian people and helps them to sleep better at night. We are your partners and we’re proud to be so, and this partnership will continue. 


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