Ukrainian flag after the Russian attack on the positions of the Ukrainian troops in the town of Maryinka. June 5, 2015. (Image: Reuters)
Sometimes inanimate objects can be the most articulate record-keepers of events that pass in their presence. So is this flag that was survived the attack of Russian troops and mercenaries on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the town of Maryinka in Donetsk oblast, Ukraine.
Despite the deadly bombardment by Russian heavy artillery and multiple rocket launchers (5 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 39 wounded), the Ukrainian troops held their positions and captured 13 attackers.
Maryinka is just one of the Ukrainian towns attacked by Putin’s forces. The map below shows locations of the other attacks.