Reporters of Channel 5 interviewed witnesses of the terrorist attack at Volnovakha

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2015/01/15 • War in the Donbas

The death toll from the terrorist bombardment that destroyed a civilian bus now stands at 13. Nine people died at the scene, while an additional four individuals died in hospital from their wounds. A camera crew of Channel 5 has just returned from Volnovakha, a place still reeling from the tragedy.

These are people who have just looked death in the eye, those who were passengers on the bus route “Zlatoustivka-Donetsk”. All around them the Grad shells began to explode. Passenger Valeriy Zubkov explains that he began his journey on this route at Volnovakha, intending to return home to Donetsk after visiting his family. “There was an enormous explosion that destroyed our bus, twisting the doors and blowing out the windows. I was injured in the head, in the hand, and have some broken bones. The man next to me died instantly. He was 25. Those who had been standing inside the bus were lying everywhere. Everyone was covered in blood. There was blood everywhere.”

Yuriy, a mechanic, was returning home after work. He also got on the bus at Volnovakha, intending to travel only a few kilometers down the road to the village of Buhas. He recalls that although that particular bus is designated as a 39 passenger bus, it was filled to over-capacity. “I just managed to climb aboard, it was overcrowded. We arrived at a checkpoint, and there was one bus ahead of us. They went through the inspection and then it was our turn. The force of the explosion lifted the bus off the ground, with things flying everywhere. I was crouched down in front of the main doors of the bus. When the doors opened, trails of blood began to flow throughout the bus. Some people managed to run for cover; some soldiers jumped into their trenches.”

There are currently 12 people injured in yesterday’s tragedy who are now recovering in hospital in Volnovakha. Three of them are in serious condition. A total of 18 individuals were admitted, two with non-life threatening wounds, one has been transferred to Mariupol, while three have been discharged and have returned to their homes.

At the checkpoint that was at the center of the terrorist bombardment, soldiers of Battalion Kyiv-2 continue to serve their rotations as they had been doing a day earlier. They are certain that the terrorists fired rockets from a Grad MLRS missile system. They have video footage evidence from a camera located near the scene.

This video has been handed over by the Ukrainian soldiers to representatives of the mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, who have visited the site of the terrorist attack. It is the hope of the Ukrainian soldiers that this international mission will reach an objective and impartial conclusion about this incident. Experts have already commented that the direction of the bombardment was from Dokuchayivsk. They have already recovered remnants of the delivery system and components of a Grad, and have taken measurements of the crater caused by the explosion. A total of 27 missile impact sites have been counted.

Soldiers of Battalion “Kyiv-2” has placed a memorial cross at the site of the tragedy, while local residents have been bringing to it memorial candles and flowers.

Translated by: Jeffrey Stephaniuk
Source: 5.ua

  • Michel Cloarec

    COWARDS ! Just showing that they are barbarous !
    >photo < ONE DOWN !

  • tony carey

    BOTH RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN ARE TAUGHT IN UKRAINIAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS. BUT IN THE UNIVERSITIES THE LECTURES ARE GIVEN IN RUSSIAN ONLY. MAYBE THIS IS WHY THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE IS WIDELY SPOKEN BY 80% OF THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE AS IT IS SPOKEN BY THE ELITIST AND COLLEGE GRADUATES! IF THE LECTURES IN THE UNIVERSITIES WERE IN UKRAINIAN THEN IT WOULD ELEVATE UKRAINIAN TO BE A MORE POPULAR AND FASHIONABLE LANGUAGE! BY THE WAY ACCORDING TO WEIKIPEDIA 23% OF THE POPULATION OF UKRAINE CONSIDER THEMSELVES AS RUSSIAN WHILE 74% CLAIM TO BE UKRAINIAN.THE OTHER 3% IS MADE UP OF ROMANIANS,POLES,HUNGARIANS,MOLDOVANS,KHASAKSTANS AND OTHER MIGRANTS. IRELAND SAYS,’RUSSIA OUT OF UKRAINE’, GO HOME !!!!

    • disqus_aJpixObjG7

      There will NEVER BE A REAL INDEPENDENT SOVEREIGN UKRAINIAN STATE
      UNTIL ALL UKRAINIANS SPEAK UKRAINIAN by default. (they will all always
      have a perfect command of “russian” as a second language in any case).

      Take a lesson from the Jewish people:

      … who ALL TOGETHER BEGAN TO SPEAK HEBREW in their BESIEGED, VULNERABLE STATE of Israel under military attack from all sides.

      Hebrew was a DEAD language until it was revived IN ODER TO SOLIDIFY THE
      IDENTITY OF THE JEWISH STATE. This was a hundred times more challenging
      than for Ukrainians to speak…THEIR OWN LANGUAGE IN THEIR OWN LAND.

      Go to Ukraine and hear “russian” spoken everywhere… sickening.

      Hear “russian” spoken abroad in Rome, Paris , NY, Berlin, Zürich and find
      out that so-called “ukrainians” are speaking… sickening.

      TIME TO MAKE A CHOICE!:

      UKRAINE… or an equivocal, neo -pseudo state- a second class “russia” or “little
      russia” UP TO YOU, UKRAINIANS, TO FINALLY CHOOSE- are you UKRAINIANS

      OR NOT?

      WAKE UP, YOU UKRAINIANS!

      The LANGUAGE QUESTION WILL ULTIMATELY DECIDE WHETHER there will be a UKRAINE… OR NOT.