A Bloody Month on Europe’s Eastern Front

Front Line News.
The last few weeks have been tough. Russia’s latest propaganda efforts to discredit Ukraine and its army have seen a big increase in the use of destructive heavy weapons. The repetitive cycle of misery sees Russia’s forces open up with provocation fire and Ukrainian forces returning fire with equal measure. The more intense the fighting becomes, the more civilians get injured, more homes get damaged and soldiers get killed/wounded. Adding to the bloody mix, is both sides taking revenge for any losses they’ve sustained.

On a more positive note, so far this week there has been a slight easing of firing. This may herald an end to the recent upsurge in fighting, or merely be a brief lull. Monday saw 17 firing attacks launched by Russia’s forces, including 6 using heavy weapons. The Donetsk region continues to be on the unwelcome receiving end of most Russian lead. Sadly, despite the reduction in firing, one Ukrainian soldier was still killed and 3 wounded.

On a further plus point, the OSCE report the locally agreed ceasefire at Stanytsia Luhanska bridge crossing is still holding. Both sides have pulled back from the make shift bridge seen below. Area is getting cleared of mines/unexploded ordnance and the  numerous military bunkers/positions are being dismantled. Should the ceasefire hold, Ukraine’s talked about rebuilding the blown bridge. With thousands of people, inc many elderly using it everyday, a rebuilt bridge would certainly enhance the lives of those crossing the front line here.


Ukrainian casualties – July 1st to 17th:
Six killed and 52 wounded.
335 firing attacks launched by Russia’s forces.

Monday 15th July: senior soldier Dmytro Lisovol was killed by shelling. In Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast (province), he died defending his position at the town of Avdiivka.

Russia’s Propaganda.
Now the downside of trying to provoke Ukrainian return fire, is the killing and wounding of Ukrainian soldiers. These casualties then make the news and back up the fact that Russia’s forces routinely open fire. In an attempt to counter this, we see a regular disinformation diet of fake news stories about Ukrainian losses. Invariably, these stories involve Ukrainian military vehicles getting blown up by their own mines.

As seen below, it’s standard disinformation stuff. Without any pictures, film footage, social media posts or any media reports backing up their claims, Russia’s puppet Donetsk or Luhansk republics put out statements on Ukrainian losses due to mines. Russia’s propagandists and pro-Russian media then promote these falsehoods. To better regurgitate this Russian rubbish, unrelated, eye-catching images are routinely used.

fake mines 1
July 9th 2019 article. Claims 1 armoured vehicle and two military trucks were blown up.
The use of a 2014/15 image featuring a blazing armoured vehicle conveniently suggests it’s related to the recent Ukrainian losses.

fake mines 3
My Google Image search.


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