Russian forces and proxies attack Shyrokyne with heavy artillery banned by Minsk agreements

Azov fighters in a trench. Photo: Azov fb page

Azov fighters in a trench. Photo: Azov fb page  

2015/05/20 • War in the Donbas

Article by: Alya Shandra

In the night of 20 May 2015, Russian forces and their proxies in Ukraine launched an attack on Shyrokyne that lasted more than 3 hours, according to the Azov regiment situated in the South-Ukrainian city near the strategic port of Mariupol.

An ATO situation map published by Ukraine's National Security and defense council

An ATO situation map published by Ukraine’s National Security and defense council

The battalion stated the following on their page:

“The terrorists opened fire at 3:15 am, firing automatic grenade launchers against the positions held by the Azov regiment in the village of Shyrokyne. At 3:40 am the terrorists opened fire with small calibre weapons to hit the forward positions of the Azov fighters, who returned fire and in a short period of time destroyed the positions where the enemy weapons were located. The enemy then opened up with heavy artillery – 152mm self-propelled guns, weapons that are banned under the agreements of the Minsk Accord.

The battle at Shyrokyne continued until 6:20 am. Azov has suffered the loss of two wounded soldiers. Information is still being verified about what casualties the enemy has suffered.”

According to the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, militants attacked Ukrainian positions 22 times with 120mm mortars, 3 times with 122mm artillery, 4 times with tanks over the last day.

A day earlier, citizens of Mariupol picketed the office of the OSCE demanding that the organization withdraw its proposal to demilitarize Shyrokyne. According to the Mariupol residents, this move would leave their city open to Russian aggression. Protests against demilitarizing Shyrokyne had been held earlier in May, and the Azov regiment had commented that this proposal is “hazardous and irresponsible.”

Translated by: Jeffrey Stephaniuk
Source: Azov battalion’s fb page

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  • Brent

    In other news, Angela Merkl demanded Ukraine refrain from using force to defend itself while signing contracts to sell more weapons to Russia, Francoise Hollanded flew to Putin’s Black Sea billion dollar mansion and offered to sell Russia more assault class warships, John Kerry announced further sanctions are ‘teed up’, and Barrack Obama refused to send defensive weapons to Ukraine even with Congress signing another bill appropriating more funds for the Defense of Ukraine Act….business as usual……

    • commieslayer

      Yes, it is truly shameful. Reminds me of Chamberlain and the Vichy government.

  • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

    And john kerry returned to moscow for several more hours of fun and merriment in the company of his putin, his new pal, waiting for more potatoes …..

  • puttypants

    Disgusting. Make sure another democrat never gets elected again. This is so shameful. The best way to hurt the bastards is in their pocket. Boycott all German cars and all French stuff including wine. If anyone knows how to operated on the internet. Boycott all products being sold by Germany, France and Italy. As far as the politicians in the states are concerned we need to start a campaign now. Find out how both sides voted and what they really did to help Ukraine. Get groups together all over USA and make sure to vote the party that did this out of office and or candidates. That’s the only way for us to fight back. There are many Poles, Estonian’s, etc., in this country we need to join together in this fight. We have 1 1/2 year to fix the you-know-what’s. Let’s do it. Get on facebook or on any site we can. Start telling the world how truthworthy these countries politicians and about their true value’s and tell them why they need to boycott their products. Whatever, happens in Ukraine …it’s time to get revenge on these politicians that have no morals are downright cowards. Make sure they never work again in politics. We can do it we just need to join together.

    • Murf

      The only good news is that Hilary hates Putin more than the Republicans.
      It’s not much but at least the POTUS is not likely to let Putler get away this crap.

      • Czech Friend

        I wouldn’t be so sure about her, in fact I do not trust her one bit. Oh Reagan, where are thou?!

        • Murf

          I wasn’t kidding when I said that is the only thing I liked about her. There is nothing about her that doesn’t scream SLEAZY!

  • puttypants

    Didn’t Putin just tell Kerry he would uphold the minsk agreements? How does anyone believe this liar. Kerry and Obama impeached now.

    • Czech Friend

      please Americans, impeach them or you will see another Pearl Harbor along the road.

  • Dalton

    No surprise. Russian thugs nor Putin have kept any agreement they’ve made, why should this one be any different. Unfortunately it’s becoming more and more clear that Putin’s Russia knows only death, destruction, slavery and war and intimidation is what it uses to impose its will on others.