Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 03.03.2019
Russian forces shelled the village of Troitske with 120 millimetre calibre mortars on the last night of winter in Ukraine, February 28.
Four houses and outbuildings were struck by mortars and artillery. Two women were injured by the Russian shelling. One of the injured women was struck by flying glass. The other suffered a concussion from a blast – she had recently been discharged from the hospital for treatment of a concussion from a previous bombardment.
Humanitarian groups and Ukrainian military officers of the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) were on the scene on Friday.
The humanitarian mission “Prolyska” was at the seen of the bombardment early on Friday. They provided materials for emergency repairs and thermal blankets for each family affected. Material aid was provided by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Ukraine. The charitable foundation “Caritas-Poland” provided food and hygiene kits.
The JCCC observed significant damage to four building, mine craters in the street, and power lines brought down by the shelling.
Troitske lies 70 kilometres west of the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk, Ukraine. The Russians are firing artillery and mortars at Troitske from the village of Kalynove which they occupy. The armed formation which is shelling Troitske from Kalynove is the 2nd Army Corps (so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic”) of the 8th Combined-Arms Army of the Southern Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
The press service of the Joint Forces Operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine made this statement on March 2 (translated): “Such actions by the Russian-terrorist forces testify to the desire of the aggressor country to further aggravate the conflict, causing moral and physical suffering to the innocent population of the region.”