The bad news:
1. Today the Donetsk Regional State Administration reported the death of two children in Sloviansk: a 12-year old boy and a 6-year old girl.
The ATO [anti-terrorist operation] headquarters insists that the children were killed in a mortar attack by insurgents in Sloviansk from the courtyard of the church on June 8, the day when the ATO artillery wasn’t involved.
It doesn’t matter who did it. The death of a child is the worst that can happen. If our land gets soaked in the blood of children–we have reached a limit.
2. Russian Presidential advisor Sergei Glazyev argues that Russia should strike the Ukrainian Army. As in, we wouldn’t deploy tanks on Kyiv yet, but it’s vital to seize Ukrainian airspace and by using aircraft destroy its army.
It has been noted a long time ago: what is on Putin’s mind is on the tongues of the likes of Zhirinovsky, Glazyev and other riff-raff. These “sixes” [snitches], pardon, don’t go to the toilet without permission from their godfather, so what else can I say about these statements. And what peace with Russia can any one of us be dreaming about?
3. Five days ago Ukraine closed eight border checkpoints. About which it notified Russia. As we reported today, at least one of them the “Dolzhansky” checkpoint is currently being “serviced” by terrorists. Russian border guards must block their checkpoints in these instances in accordance with the agreement between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. But, no–they continue to kindly cooperate with the insurgents.
For starters, there are questions for the Ukrainian border guards and other law enforcement officers–everyone who is to blame for full border exposure along dozens of kilometers. As if it’s not clear that every minute of the open border accounts for another day of bloody confrontation.
But there are much bigger questions for Russia. Although as to this question, everything is nonetheless clear. The Russian FSB prepares mercenaries at its bases near Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in Rostov-on-Don. The Russian Border Control Service is part of the FSB. Not surprisingly, the Russian border guard is a terrorist’s best friend.
The good news:
1. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced that the tripartite members of the contact group (Ukraine, Russia, and the OSCE) have come to “a common understanding of the key stages of implementation” of the President of Ukraine’s plan for the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas.
Peaceful settlement is always good. Only two things [about it] are bad.
The first point: the participation of Russia, the aggressor and initiator of this very situation in Donbas, is in this group. I understand that it’s impossible to solve this problem without Russians, as long as Moscow doesn’t rest, we won’t see peace. But then the question should be put differently–not the “peaceaful settlement plan” but the “plan to end Russian aggression against Ukraine.” We shouldn’t be afraid to call a spade a spade, we are not [competing] in a beauty contest.
The second point: is the incomprehensible secrecy of the plan. Why hasn’t the Ukrainian government, by offering the plan to Russia and Europe, put it up for public discussion? I don’t know how everyone else feels about it, but this is alarming to me.
2. The attempt of the Communists [Communist Party] to hold an anti-Ukrainian rally in Zaporizhzhya ended up in a dispersal. I was particularly pleased with the phrase used by the media that “self-defense and passersby” scattered Putin’s fans.
There is more hope for the patriots, and less hope for the state authorities. Sometimes it seems that our ATO will only end after casual “passersby” come over and drive away all these “South-East Armies,” “DPR” and “LPR” [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics], forcing them to escape to Mother Russia. Which, incidentally, is what is gradually happening.
3. Today, an ATO convoy was ambushed at the boundary between Donetsk and Kharkiv Oblasts. A mine exploded in front of the first vehicle, then the attackers started firing from machine guns. The attack was repulsed with no casualties on our side.
There is nothing good in the attack, of course not. Especially since it happened almost on the territory of Kharkiv Oblast.
What’s positive is the fact that all recent attacks on ATO convoys were extremely unlucky for terrorists (remember at the beginning of the operation, they infamously destroyed these convoys). This means that the security forces are learning to act correctly, in this case with respect to operations of troops on the march.
This experience is paid in blood but it is indispensable.
Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine