Poroshenko's Ukraine has never stopped attacking the cities and towns in Donbass. When the order for the counter offensive came, Kiev's nationalist army suffered massive losses. Because of the devastation they caused in Frunza, the entire artillery brigade that shelled the town were destroyed.
Mariupol! Crimes Beyond the
Since May, Mariupol which is a city of 500,000 people, has suffered under the hand of Azov Battalion. Its been reported that at Women's prison #107 in Mariupol 15-20 women are taken daily to the Azov Battalion military barracks to be raped and tortured. Local citizen's disappear off the street on a daily basis. Andrei Biletsky, the founder and leader of Azov Battalion was rewarded with a seat in the Ukrainian Senate (Rada) for his efforts at Ukrainizing the city. Azov has been noted by Human Rights Watch as one of the Ukrainian governments most criminal battalions.
This latest rocket and missile attack in which close to 30 casualties including 2 children is being reported. Currently the number of civilians wounded in the attack stands at 97, including at least 5 children.
Ukraine was quick to blame the DNR for the attack and large western media outlets have run that story with very little reliable information available at the time.
However the day before the attack in Mariupol a person named Alex Shyl forecast it happening and that it would dwarf the Donetsk and Volonavaha bus attacks. This is more than an implication of Ukraines involvement. His twitter profile and people he follows are Ukrainian nationalists but I know little else about him. The translation from January 22nd is as follows:
Alex Shyl January 22 # Mariupol waiting and APU strike tomorrow so that # Donetsk today seem toy. The separatists screwed ((((
# boss, of course sorry for the people,
but tomorrow it will be all ... Strike # Volnovaha. # Mariupol. #
Donetsk will schoke, but wait until tomorrow (((
What Happened in Mariupol
Citizens of Mariupol report that hour before the attack utilities in the area including natural gas, water, and electricity were shut off.
Eye witnesses in the town of Starri Crim (Old Crim) have reported seeing the rockets launched from this location.
In the following video the direction/ trajectory of the rockets is shown based on which side of the buildings the missiles actually hit during the strikes.
The missile trajectory agrees with the eyewitness account. The
missile launch is from Ukrainian territory, originating in the
direction of Starri Crim.