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In One Eastern City, Ukrainians Find Battle Hits Too Close to Home
NYT ^ | May 12, 2014 | C. J. CHIVERS and NOAH SNEIDER

Posted on 05/13/2014 2:50:27 AM PDT by wetphoenix

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Roughly midway through an hourlong gunfight that began just after midnight Sunday, six high-explosive mortar rounds narrowly missed the home of Yevgeny Kharkovsky and his wife, exploding around them on Yuzhnaya Street.

One hit a few feet from their home’s east side. Another hit near the south side of the wall of their shed. A third landed on the shed roof. A fourth hit beside a row of beehives. Two more landed in their neighbor’s yard, blasting out windows there and at the next house down. Continue reading the main story Related Coverage Russia Keeps Its Distance After Ukraine Secession ReferendumsMAY 12, 2014 Russia Vows ‘Harsh’ Response to Airspace Snub and to Raid of a Delegates’ JetMAY 12, 2014 Ukraine Vote on Separation Held in ChaosMAY 11, 2014 Russia Revisits Its History to Nail Down Its FutureMAY 11, 2014 Amid Much Uncertainty, Separatists Prepare for Voting in Eastern UkraineMAY 10, 2014

No one was wounded by the 120-millimeter shells that seemed to originate from a Ukrainian military position a little more than a mile to the southeast. But the near misses demonstrated a very real danger of the government’s effort to crack down on rebels controlling this city. Change the angle of a round’s descent, add or subtract a few yards, and one might have hit squarely on a house, killing civilians and igniting the kind of sustained fighting that has so far remained only a fear.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kerry; obama; putinsbuttboys; russia; surrendermonkeys; ukraine

1 posted on 05/13/2014 2:50:27 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: wetphoenix
120-millimeter shells would do much more damage than that, either fake or 60 mm. Anyway, If you sit next to armed terrorists like nothing happens serving as their human shields, don't get surprised by things like this one.
2 posted on 05/13/2014 3:16:59 AM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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As the rounds kept falling, one struck in the yard between her home and Mr. Kharkovsky’s. The shrapnel blew out all four windows on the side of her house that faced the blast.

It also perforated the house’s gas lines. Oleg managed to switch the gas off before dawn, or an explosion.

On Monday, Mr. Kharkovsky, 75, a retired electrician from an old Soviet-era high-voltage insulator factory, tended his garden to the sounds of gunfire. He stepped past shattered beehives, beside rows of spring garlic.

Like many in Slovyansk, he felt stuck in a fight he did not want. “We can’t leave, we have nowhere to go,” he said. “We’re old pensioners and this is our home.”

Ms. Romanika agreed. “My mind is filled with fog,” she said. “Fog and fear, but fear most of all. I just want peaceful skies, a small pension that actually comes, and a piece of bread. That’s all.”

These are the type of stories that bear witness to the mendacity of the puppet regime in Kiev.

The notion that the United States is contemplating military support for a government engaged in this type of behavior is despicable.

3 posted on 05/13/2014 5:34:37 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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These are the type of stories that bear witness to the mendacity of the puppet regime in Kiev.

If the Mexicans took over LA city hall what would we do? After all the people voted for autonomy for California and next week will vote to become part of Mexico. The ballot boxes were only in the central cities, were clear and guarded by separatist militia (street gangs). Would the US government try to stop this? I would hope so.

4 posted on 05/13/2014 12:39:19 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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5 posted on 05/13/2014 12:40:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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If the Mexicans took over LA city hall what would we do?

This


6 posted on 05/13/2014 8:18:17 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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