Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The Ukrainian Armed Forces achieved the definitive destruction of the LPR settlement of Zhelobok, which is located in the Slavyanoserbsk area, the population of whicih before the military conflict in Donbass totalled 153 persons. The corresponding TV program was published by the DPR Ministry of Information.
“Since the beginning of civil war the settlement located along Bakhmuta road has represented important strategic importance for the Ukrainian military. As a result, the settlement has been under continuous shelling. Before July, 2015 inhabitants still lived there, who the People’s militia delivered humanitarian aid to, but already during this period the settlement has been badly damaged by Ukrainian artillery. By 2017 in a literal sense, only the name of the settlement remained. Back then, in June, the UAF made an attempt to breakthrough in this area of the contact line, as a result of which essential losses were suffered.
Today the settlement of Zhelobok, or to be more exact – what Ukrainian militants remain, became completely deserted. During the latest shelling the house of the last remaining local resident in Zhelobok was destroyed,” reported the department.
It should be noted that the official representative of the People’s militia of the LPR Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko issued a denial of the statements of a number of Ukrainian media agencies about the alleged occupation of the settlement of Zhelobok by units of the UAF.
“Despite the relative calm at the contact line, Ukrainian presstitutes, at the request of their high-ranking curators, try to destabilise the situation in the Republic. I, with full responsibility, declare that units of the LPR People’s militia remain at their earlier taken positions,” noted the representative of defense department.
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