“I Have Nowhere to Flee”: Elderly Resident of Frontline DPR Settlement Describes Life Under Ukrainian Shelling

The well-known Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett, as a part of her general trip to the Donetsk People’s Republic, visited the area of the 6/7 mine near the frontline settlement of Zaitsevo, northern Donetsk.

This area is a hotspot for Ukrainian shelling and gunfire, with the militants of Kiev firing mortars, machine guns, and even homemade bombs (dropped by drone) at the peaceful residents of the Republic as soon as the sun sets.

An interesting takeaway from Eva’s video: her guide, the press officer of the DPR Dmitry Astrakhan, states that in order to dupe the OSCE and “bypass” the Minsk Agreements, the UAF uses a RPG to fire 82mm munitions, as opposed to a mortar launcher (forbidden by the Minsk Agreements). Speaking of the OSCE, Eva asks the elderly woman if this organisation has any influence on the situation at all. Her response confirmed what has been thought all along…

Eva’s preamble:

“On September 12, I visited the areas just north of Gorlovka, Mine 6-7 and Zaitsevo, to see and document the extensive damage to civilian homes Ukrainian shelling has inflicted over the years and recently.

In spite of a ceasefire, Ukrainian forces continue shelling residents of these areas, terrorizing them at night.

In this video, one such resident–an elderly woman living alone–walks me around her property, showing structural damage to her home and wondering how she will survive the cold winter. She, like many other elderly in the area, won’t leave, she has no where to go.

Please note at the start of the video when Dmitri, the DPR Press Officer, points out that the Ukrainian forces are using 82mm mortar shells, in violation of the Minsk Agreements.

Ukrainian forces are roughly 600 metres from her home, I was told.

Ukraine is committing war crimes, targeting civilian populations in the Donetsk People’s Republic. This is only a brief glimpse at aspects of Ukraine’s most recent crimes.

My related post about that day/visit:

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