Talk:Attack on convoy near Novosvetlovaka

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Something happened near Lugansk on August 18th

Context

The situation on August 8th

Location: Novosvetlovka on Yandex Maps and Google maps - just southeast of Lugansk and northeast of its airport. Officials talk of an evacuation here and in nearby Khryashchuvate, right on the Lugansk outskirts that ended so poorly.--Caustic Logic (talk) 10:07, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

A thousand strong force of Ukraine troops has been enveloped at the Lugansk airport south of the city since the start of the conflict. In August the Ukrainian forces have tried a breakthrough to the pocket whereby encircling Lugansk from the west. As a result of these operations the Aidar battalion and parts of the 80th Brigade have been able to enter and replenish the pocket. Also the pocket has been extended to the west to Lutugino / Lutuhyne on the H21 main road from Lugansk to Donetsk. On August 13th as the Russian aid convoy was about to arrive in Lugansk Aidar Battalion attacked and took Novosvetlovaka on the M04 / E40 road from Krasnodon on the Russian border to Lugansk. Heavy fighting in the area continued for several days. On August 18 a unit of the Aidar Battalion that had been boxed broke out of the village of Komissarovka and retreated to Novosvetlovaka.

During bypass position at the forefront of the Ukrainian army under Lugansk, we accidentally went the wrong way and got into the territory controlled by terrorists with. Komisarovka (Krasnodon district). Through determination battalion Aydar C. Melnychuk we were able to quickly break through the occupied village and lossless enter controlled by the National Guard under Novosvetlovku.
In operations on the outskirts of Luhansk stripping participates personally combat Aydar C. Melnychuk. terrorists escape from the city under the guise of civilians!

-- Petri Krohn (talk) 23:09, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

could it be the "shelled convoy" was a group suspected of being rebels pretending to be refugees? in which case of course it was not them shooting at it/ Just a thought, any combination of twisting is possible here. On the whole I think it is a cover story for the "deaths on the road" video from the day before. KatKan (talk) 10:54, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

After the incident, an August 21 article in the Kyiv post told of people "trapped in Luhansk."

The following day, only 100 people had the courage to use the humanitarian corridor to leave Luhansk, which is five to seven times fewer than usual, says Iryna Veryhina, executive governor of Luhansk Oblast. * “Maybe they were afraid of events in Novosvetlovka, or maybe people just hope that Luhansk will be freed in the coming days,” she told the Kyiv Post by phone. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:13, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Note: not the people's republic governor but Kiev's, who "herself stays in Svatovo, a city north of Luhansk Oblast that has always been under government control."--Caustic Logic (talk) 10:20, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, for NPR, reminded of Kiev's narrative of a rebel attack on an Army-secured convoy:

Yeah. They're sticking to that claim even though the pro-Russian separatists - not surprisingly - say, that they would never have done this - and why would they? Since they would arrange any convoys that went through their territory or the territory that they hold, which this was. So that remains a big question as to who did it.

Kiev backed up its claim their army was driving by having the driver of the blown-up truck speak about it. And they had no on-site video. Later reports said the escort was all rebel, and apparently all dead. And there's video for that. --Caustic Logic (talk) 02:15, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Interesting Twitter exchange on this: somehow was split in two main part - other part. Starting from comments beneath the old GW Phillips post. "Fox Russia" asks Phillips why some of these civilians are in camouflage fatigues, and points to an army helmet at 1:31. I mention that a rebel military escort with deaths is part of the story, and point to Kiev's zero soldiers lost, according to the driver who jumped out. Fox Russia wonders how we can know there were any civilians at all. I point out both sides agree on that, and ask if he even realizes what story we're talking about, after linking him to the driver section when he didn't know about that. Will see if he answers from there or if I killed the conversation. --Caustic Logic (talk) 11:03, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Graham Phillips heard that the truck hit was under rebel escort, and their fighters died in the strike along with the civilians. And earlier Sarhadi Nelson for NPR noted rebels would run any convoy in their turf, which this was. However ... this particular territory apparently wasn't rebel-held at the time, and both of those conclusions might be wrong. Videos and various claims and reports suggest Aidar Batallion of Kiev punishers started attacks on the town of Khryashuvate on Aug. 13, and took over on Aug. 16 or 17. One thing I saw says civilians were loaded up and taken away, to later die, on the 17th. Everything else says the morning of the 18th, Kiev citing 9 am or so. 6 rebel fighters total listed dead in the span, we hear. How many in this incident is unclear. But they would be captive, and would only be in the truck(s), driving or just packed with the civilians, if Aidar wanted it that way. Given guarantees, whatever ... but made to look like "terrorists" fleeing in the guise of civilians, as innocent and white-flagged up as possible, someone you might just blow up to make another reminder of 'why we call them terrorists.' --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:41, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Note I'm saying truck(s) as it's not clear there was ever any convoy. The second truck with survivors in Kiev's story might just be the explanation why there were survivors, and also no Army deaths, in what they started out with as a single truck-shelling incident. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:41, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Something happened?

"Ukraine: rebels shelled refugees with Grad, many killed" --Chingachgook (talk) 16:08, 18 August 2014 (UTC) CNN'ed--Chingachgook (talk) 17:21, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

This Khryaschuvate and Novosvitlivka story is a different incident. It seems to have freshly happened on Aug 17, which is after the other video was posted, showing damage that was not recent (eg bodies had been removed etc).
It is a major difficulty that everyone in the area is using identical weaponry, so there is no forensic way to be sure who caused which damage. It can be determined only by eyewitness accounts (which as we know may be disinformation) or by video evidence where the originals are published, to ensure no falsification happened. We'll never know the whole truth. KatKan (talk) 19:33, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
This seems to have been refugees in MILITARY VEHICLES equipped with white flags. Wonder if that's visible from Grad-aiming distance? Total dead ten?? hinted at here in Telegraph
From Pravda as mentioned in Telegraph

"Він також зауважив, що колона містила всі розпізнавальні знаки, необхідні для біженців із мирного населення. На транспорті були білі прапори та позначки, що пересувається мирне населення. Транспорт для біженців збирали, як могли. Зокрема, вантажівки надали військові."

which google says is

"He also noted that the column contains all markings needed for refugees from the civilian population. In transport were white flags and tags that moves civilians. Transport for refugees gathered as they could. In particular, given the military trucks."

"When asked about the number of victims, Lysenko said: "It's ten."

KatKan (talk) 20:17, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

We are having here an allegation of civilians killed by combatants from the same pro-Russian camp. Suggesting killing of those civilians was intentional would be simply insane. Whether or not this allegation is true, unfortunately, tragic mistakes do happen in wars, and this should be an argument to stop the military phase, not to an excuse to prolong it. Details of what happened are unclear, and may be clarified when hostilities stopped. Unfortunately civilians die every day in shelling of cities, and this does not attract too much media coverage. UN: around 60 people on average are killed per day . Grad listed range is 15 km, would you see a flag from 15 km? I doubt. It is doing "carpet-bombing", multiple launch of unguided missiles, similar to Katiusha in WW2. They would cover a wide area and there would be no clue where exactly those would missiles would land --Chingachgook (talk) 03:15, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

It's time to make peace and figure that out. --Chingachgook (talk) 20:42, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

It would need to be a peace in which the Donbass areas are rebuilt, not left to rot for 'having supported the terrorists", and in which no extreme punitive measures are taken against anyone proven to have fought on the non-Government side (not to mention those merely accused of it). Current rhetoric would not be giving the separatists much hope for such a peace. A peace without figuring it out would be better, unless they can manage something like South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation. Without reconciliation, the seeds of future problems will keep germinating. Residents who did not fight, but saw Government actions destroying their homes and lives, would also need some way to regain trust in the Government.KatKan (talk) 21:41, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I mean cease-fire basically (ultimate peace is unclear but continued killing has no sense). Something appears on-going, we will see, can't sort this for them --Chingachgook (talk) 23:03, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
for example, exactly what is the point in pushing news that one Russians killed another Russians, no matter of what particular details of that might actually be ? (Rebels denied doing it).--Chingachgook (talk) 00:01, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Looking from outside it may be all Russians. To them "Russians" are the ones who live in Russia. The separatists are "terrorists" who, although aided by Russia, are Ukrainian. Indeed they are, by citizenship and many generations of living there, and they did not like being under Soviet rule nor would like it again. The ones who remember those days are mostly gone. They want independence from the western part which discriminates against them for being Russian speaking. There are Polish and Hungarian speaking minorities, too, many generations, left over from when those countries had control. The whole poor country was under other peoples' heels for a long time.
Anyway the "junta" is not thinking straight. All they want is chances to make the "terrorists" look bad, and killing fleeing civilians does the trick. If it's their own civilians that makes them look so much worse. It very well COULD be a response to the Rozspyne video we had 2 days ago. Mostly this propaganda is not for us, it is for internal consumption by their own people in the west... who just kicked out one President and might kick out another, USA wishes notwithstanding, if they find out what's really going on. KatKan (talk) 04:44, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
I gather there are some rather slight cultural differences; Solzhenitsyn who was of mixed Russian and Ukrainian background had attempted an answer. Not exactly sure what the answer was but along the lines that everybody, or everyplace, needs to figure this out themselves. He did feel strong tension a long time ago, but that was a bit exaggerated for most, until very recently. But we are not on that page yet. We are on the page where there is a rather bloody and rather dumb shoot-out between "terrorists" and "fascists" getting their news from distinct news providers (and/or having distinct funding sources and/or having slightly different opinions on historical facts. Language appears more of a pose, at this point in time). And we are trying to figure out (I really hope we do) how on hell can we have that shooting stop. --Chingachgook (talk) 07:27, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Considering Poroschenko threatened ""The militants will pay tens and even hundreds of their own lives for the life of each of our soldiers" which was widely published on Russian language sites, the separatists are not likely to just give up, for fear of themselves, their families and their towns, being even more badly shot up than now. Such reprisals for killings by partisans used to be standard procedure for the Nazis everywhere, too, and thousands of Ukrainians died that way.
Rebels giving up does not appear very likely to me, they got a backing
Or they could just ignore the area and let them die of hunger, as millions did in the war and 10 million courtesy of Stalin's famines in the 1930's.
They won't die from hunger, they sit on the border with Russia.
They're on the way to that already. Today starving half a country becomes more easily known and objected to by the world. It is easier and faster to kill the troublemakers with artillery, and blame them for causing it themselves, which is also being done already. Neither side has incentives to stop. Both sides are supported by powerful outsiders for their own reasons. Both outsiders are demanding the other stop the support, not to end the killing but to end it with their proteges winning.
Even a ceasefire would need peacekeepers on the ground. It can't be NATO as it is not neutral. They would have to be UN peacekeepers. Both the powerful outsiders have veto powers there. Donbass will not accept disarmament
No way
without guarantees Kiev will not give. They were the ones who broke even the small-area "MH17 ceasefire".
All Kiev is achieving by trying to win by force is making it last longer. People burned out of their homes and lands have little else to do but join the fight, from anger. Every defeat of Kiev puts more weapons into Donbass hands, even if they get no more outside support. Meanwhile refugees in Russia are being trained to come back to fight. Perhaps Europe should put together a humanitarian aid convoy, rather than provoking Russia with sanctions. Ukraine is their buffer against Russia,if they are afraid. It would make more sense to build Ukraine up, not let it get destroyed and torn in half. I don't know how this will end but it doesn't look good whichever way it goes. KatKan (talk) 09:11, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Proxy war between Russia and XXX (enter a choice here) is not my most favorite scenario. This is creating another Syria (or another un-favorite place of choice), at a gross waste of lives and resources . (I am starting to get worried are all those guys actually capable to find a shortcut, they seem to be sitting in the woods and appear too busy pushing some bloody nonsense)
Actually, military option was played up once already with the first Rada, and nutcases like Dugin (who might be smth like Putin's Rasputin) would know all of that much better than myself --Chingachgook (talk) 12:06, 19 August 2014 (UTC)


It's at or past time for a peace discussion page. Maybe with a dedicated space we could come up with a useful plan. (I'd join in) --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:58, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Hm, a strangely similar scene described, but placed way north, emerging at the same time, but with no pictures. TSN video for the story - no images there. Chances are good it's the same incident they're trying to re-brand. Remaining chances are dominated by it being a second incident of the same sort. --Caustic Logic (talk) 22:50, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Total debunk attempt here:

Aidar Battalion used human shields or something... Adults and children were separated... Evidently there was a photo somewhere, but I did no see it. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 00:00, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Sounded like human shields to me, when it first said they were in military vehicles with white flags. yeah sure. This is a "pictures or it didn't happen" war. where are the pictures of the Russian convoy destroyed on the border 2 days ago? there were Western journalists with the aid convoy, they saw military vehicles going past, surely one would have gone back to snap the destruction?
One comment in the links below says there was one photo -- a few months old file photo of a Grad being fired.
This site has pictures, mostly gory ones of dead people, with no context. But there are short descriptions of fighting, village by village, which can be read without viewing the videos. Original and Yandex translation
As Petri noted, the above article seems to say there is/was a photo, but it doesn't appear. I searched around, no luck. It seems there's no photo or video, supporting that Kiev controls the crime scene - because it's Kiev that apparently hopes there never will be any: AFP: ""We ask that any videos from the scene are not released to the public, because they are atrocious," (Lysenko) added." Are they trying to hide a lack of evidence? I suspect the Lugansk crime is not made up - someone did just do that. But it seems they're experimenting with a no visuals approach, hoping it works and can become standard, to clamp down early on access to info for "social media sleuths" - they fear what bits of the truth could do during the occupation and filtration to come. Blind faith will be needed, and maybe here they're test-driving the blindfold. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:04, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
"By 7 p.m. last night we retrieved 15 bodies ... The search continued into the night and is continuing today," the spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, told Reuters.
Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of the attack on a convoy fleeing the besieged rebel-held city. The rebels denied any attack took place, while the U.S. confirmed the shelling of the convoy but said it did not know who was responsible.
Uh, the ones with the Russian guns, dummies. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:04, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

From Dmitry Tymchuk's Facebook page: Translating Voices of Ukraine - Official

1. During a withdrawal of refugees from the settlements of Khryashchuvate and Novosvitlivka near Luhansk, insurgents struck the convoy with a massive attack of mortars and “Grads.” The convoy was moving under white flags, but this did not save it from almost total destruction. Dozens of civilians, many [of them] children were killed.
We are accustomed to the fact that the insurgents deliberately fire at the houses of local residents, at [combat] ambulances with the wounded, and use peaceful civilians as human shields. But today’s occurrence is the apotheosis of savagery and villainy. This is the very essence of terrorism under the Russian flag.

-- Petri Krohn (talk) 16:27, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

  • BBC Aug 19 1 2 Death toll is at least 17, still slow counting (clashes) and:
A rebel source, however, told the BBC that everyone in the convoy was killed when two buses carrying wounded civilians came under fire from foreign mercenaries fighting for the government.

If accurate, the survivors would not be that. It's not clear, however, that it is accurate. --Caustic Logic (talk) 23:28, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Witness Accounts

Note: alleged witness accounts. Now that we've seen the crime scene and how the truck was parked on the shoulder when it was hit, we can see problem with these uninformed people implying no stop, just driving and then hit out of nowhere. For example. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:17, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

NPR reporter Soraya Sarhadi Nelson reported from the region, acknowledging rebels would most likely have run any such convoy. But yielding to Kiev's claims, she reported three types of survivors she was hearing about. "There do seem to be some survivors who are hospitalized," and an unmentioned type, implicitly anyone not injured in the second army-secured bus/lorry/whatever, the people cited below, I guess, and then the second mentioned group : "the occupants of four or five cars in this convoy - this refugee convoy - that was mostly buses that are believed to have escaped the shelling. And the government is looking for them right now because they feel that they're very important witnesses to this." People escape shelling, government hunting for them, has an odd ring to it. Not sure what to make of this.--Caustic Logic (talk) 11:34, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Ukraine Lugansk Convoy survivor.png

Ukraine@War: Survivors of attacked civilian evacuation with white flag talk

Provides a transcript, citing video fire columns of civilians in the area Kresowaty Novoselovka from Military TV Ukraine - a nimble source (see below)

Military asks: "At your request, you evacuated?"
First man: Yes, I went to the commander and asked us to evacuate. He said that after 5 minutes all were here and got in the car. We'll take you to the airport. And so it happened. We quickly gathered as one, and got into the car. And we were taken away. The first car turned around the corner and two mortar rounds hit that car, which torn it to shreds.
Military "We have done everything to bring you here."
Yes, everything was top class. There, we had nowhere to live. All the houses are destroyed. Everything is broken. Day and night, all abuzz.
Woman: May God bless you and all soldiers.
Woman: There's people buried in the gardens, there is no place anymore, soldiers and civilians.

What else can they say? None of it sounds untrue, except the God Bless part maybe (not to get them in further trouble) --Caustic Logic (talk) 13:54, 20 August 2014 (UTC) and video added --Caustic Logic (talk) 23:20, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

The Driver

Convoy Attack Miracle Driver.JPG

He was involved in this operation. There were two cars. The first car was hit. He was able to jump out. All people died. He got to the second car and they were able to get out. So the driver got out uninjured? and the people all died? 15 in the one car? and this was a convoy of 2 cars? this may not even be the same incident. KatKan (talk) 00:14, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Did we never follow up on this? The Driver of THE Truck! He just jumped out when he heard the Grads coming, or whatever. Clearly a good reason to append "alleged" to "witness." That's as translated at Ukraine@War, from a video still available, thankfully, here as linked. Resup, can you get us more details on what the clown says? And maybe what his comrades say about this incident they wrote themselves into? --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:17, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Military Press Officer

ABC News:

In Kiev, a military spokesman, asked about visual evidence of the attack, said there was video footage on the internet although this could not immediately be traced.
Of the scene, no video ever surfaced until Graham Phillips, as far as I know --Caustic Logic (talk) 01:53, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
"My press officer was on the spot. There is no telephone link with him now but he was there and confirmed that the convoy was travelling under white flags and the terrorists were warned that a convoy with peaceful citizens would be passing," Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky told Reuters.
He said the press officer had confirmed that many bodies of victims were burned beyond recognition.

--Caustic Logic (talk) 01:53, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Khryaschivate

GrahamWPhillips: All videos from same place, by Lugansk, spellings Ukr / Rus - Khryaschivate / Khryashchevatoye - Хрящувате / Хрящеватое

In Khryaschivate, a woman tells me she is 'happy - our guys have come, finished the Nazi power' - Eng subs [1]

Graham Phillips

Front: is this a "Zil lorry?"
back view
right side, one of the more intact bodies blasted up and onto/around the damaged truck

Apparently from today. No cleanup happened yet. Gruesome remains shown. Russian language.

--CE (talk) 22:34, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Saw his photos on Twitter, But I do not think I need to link them here. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 06:07, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Presenter says that the truck could not move very quickly on that part of the road, and that he believes that it was stopped at a check-point, than destroyed with Muha or RPG (he does not explain why, --possibly because truck is a bit off-road on shoulder, I guess, and bodies are close by). He says he is not sure when exactly this happened. Corpses appear to be mostly children, he counted about 9 corpses. He found some documents, which confirm at least two young girls. One woman body. Some helmets, so possibly military guys were with them. Truck looks like either Ural or Zil people transporter, or a similar vehicle. --Resup (talk) 04:31, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

From Twitter:

New video - road from #Lugansk to #Novosvetlovka, a destroyed refugee truck, and human remains lie everywhere link
Refugee truck had a Novorossiya militia escort. And it was destroyed right at Ukraine military positions. Draw your own conclusions.#Lugansk link

There's a need, if the subject matters enough to "closer look on." :) Excellent ... if this is part of the scene, wow... some compassion to spend days recovering bodies, and still leave this many to just rot. 15 days ... the decay seems about right for that, suggesting an incident around that time. If this is the spot, I see no second truck. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:37, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

IF this truck is a match for a Zil, I'm for calling this our crime scene. I'll encourage participation by leaving that to someone else. It seems to like it was hit from behind and the left, whatever direction that is and whatever it means. The road might show signs of there being a second truck or more explosions, but nothing popped out to me ATM. --Caustic Logic (talk) 11:08, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I'm not sure if it's the same event, that's why I had the ? in my original subheadline. Just stumbled upon this information which seems to indicate that it was a different one (or does it, didn't follow this closely, so excuse any confusion):

1-12, journalist Graham Phillips visited the place where the bus with civilians, a few days ago, was shot by the National Guard. This happened between Khryaschevatoye and Novosvetlovka. Judging by the documents found there were two girls and newlyweds (husband and wife) killed. He was Russian, she studied to be the journalist in Lugansk. Tried to take the children out.

There were totally 9-10 persons. They burned in the car ... According to documents found:

Kupriyanova Ksenia (mother)
Andrei Lysenko, 1976 (father)
Kontseva Yaroslava (daughter) 2012
Lysenko Yaroslava (daughter) 2008
Polishchuk Valentina
Vedmedenko Oksana
Sbitneva Tatiana

Unfortunately this is not the Andriy Lysenko I nicknamed "Comical Andriy" ;o) --CE (talk) 00:28, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Ambiguity acknowledged, but going out on a limb just a bit, I've been thinking it's the one. The described location helps - it's said they (Army) were evacuating people from those two towns, the K one of which is basically Lugansk - an attached suburb. Likely actual spot ID, below. Also, this seems to be a Zil truck - compare the front view above with this from here, suggesting it was a Zil-131, or a model that looks very much like it in the hood edge end front grille. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:47, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Location: We could geo-locate it. This isn't the road (M04) to Novosvetlovka, but some side road. The truck was pulled over and parked when it was hit, unless it pulled over and blew up after. The direction of parking suggests it was headed west (if this is PM, sun from the SW, on E-W road) or south (if a roughly N-S road in a mid-morning video) or somewhere between those. Sun's too low to call this mid-day on a seriously slanting road, right? Rotated whichever way, we have a crossroads very nearby (good spot for a checkpoint). No lines of trees, a couple small ones on the side road, very few trees, but just enough details ... or someone could ask him for a location. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:37, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

I did ask him on Twitter, in a comment here as CL4Syr. In case anyone wants to check back for an anwser before I do. I just don't feel like trying to do it the hard way. Plus I get to pimp ACLOS to Graham, who's obviously pretty awesome. --Caustic Logic (talk) 11:15, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
In other Tweets he says it happened in mid-August, hence his disgust it has not been cleaned up despite a Ukie position being nearby. This is down to Aidar Battalion as they were running up and down that road for nearly 2 weeks.
In operations on the outskirts of Luhansk stripping participates personally combat Aydar C. Melnychuk. terrorists escape from the city under the guise of civilians! from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuEjFLzy_jA up above. In Witness Accounts up-page they said they were being taken to "the airport" if that helps locate it. HOWEVER after that they said they recovered 15 bodies, so how did they not find these? heaven knows there could have been 100 incidents like this. KatKan (talk) 12:55, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. He seems to be saying this is the Aug. 18 incident, so he'd cite that date. Helps clarify that that's what he thinks - and he's probably right. Adair ... if they're known to include mercenray units, that could add detail to what we've heard, or otherwise complicate (slightly - guesses are just that) To the airport should be considered, but there'll be a few different routes. I'm hoping he can just say, but he's keeping busy it seems. --Caustic Logic (talk) 23:06, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Those few little trees would be enough cover for a "military position" with good coverage of the bend where the other road joins (visible in last frames). If he says National Guard, that figures, because3 they are the totally untrained forced "volunteers". Te witnesses above (with photo) said one truck went around the corner and got hit. Of course they w2ere neither cars nor buses, they were open trucks by the look of it. If they were gong to the airport there would have been more than just those 2, so convoy, so front ones civilians = human shields. I wonde3r if the people with Graham finally picked them up and got them buried. KatKan (talk) 03:28, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Great work! You should uplad the image right here too so we can display it properly. Although I can't vouch for it 100%, it's a good enough guess. I was thinking it was two back-roads, but the other one could be the highway. A line of poles down the opposite (east) side, basic tree and lack of tree layout seems right. 0:44 and 1:29 shows poles amongst the trees on both sides of the road here, but neither comes through on the Google Earth images (I checked - three versions of the same image is all they have, no help). I suppose they're there (or what are the rest linking by?) and they just got muddled. It would be in the green patch, west side, they were parked. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:47, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Aug18 refugee Attack location.png

They were just off the main road from Khryashchuvate, just turned right to go back roads. This is the only piece of road in that area that looks like this. Main shot is from last moments of the video. my geolocation wonderful artwork.KatKan (talk) 08:30, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Considering how it's been described, and that we can't say which way they turned (that was just a guess, right?) I'd suggest they were going north from Novosvetlovka, and were made to turn left at a checkpoint short of the next town, and were hit there. There was perhaps a plan to pick up even more folks who luckily stayed put that day. The airport thing, also consider ... is from Kiev's explanation. If this was a rebel transport as Graham is hearing (or had an escort anyway?) they would have no business going to the airport, then Kiev-held. Being pulled over or some other reason would be what put them just on this side-road. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:47, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Earlier I noted the truck damage and debris and body spread seems to be forward and to the right from the truck, so firing from behind and to the left. I think they were hit with whatever, maybe a nearby mortar and a distant Grad or two. There may be a couple directions involved then, but the most powerful blast that blew up the truck bed, tossed bodies, crushed the cab, was more behind than left. The holes in the doors are interesting - were they open at the time? KatKan notes a line of trees behind and to the left, but maybe too far to the left for the main force and way too close for any rocket hit, obviously. May be all mortar: there are some pretty powerful ones around, damage should be similar to anything else. Plus anyone stationed there would be on the highway, and visible before the turn-off. If this was all a Ukie checkpoint, then that's no problem. We don't really know who was driving, who was in the back, who pulled over, and why. But anyway, we have the location, and I checked the video again. Same impression, Stuff goes more right than left, but a bit both ways, and forward, and almost no backward. So the most powerful blast anyway was fired from the north-northeast, a broad compass spread of 10-35 degrees. whatever that means. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:21, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Andrey Stenin

Russian journalist Andrey Stenin was evidently killed in the same attack.

-- Petri Krohn (talk) 02:14, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

No, his remains were found in a car at the Rozsypne Road of Death crime scene a ways away and earlier (Aug. 6?) which has some convoy connections or confusion. And a main page also needing updated ... see talk page section --Caustic Logic (talk) 14:56, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Rebels Blame Kiev?

It's being reported that both sides blame each other for this latest atrocity. Note: in a blame-game for a crime, the criminal will be the one who knows the most and can give you the most detail, especially about stuff like how the victims were divided up, what they were told and believed, what clor flags they were flying, etc. Maybe for that faintly understood reason, both sides are presented as blaming each other for a crime they both must know all about. An AFP piece reports "The rebel leader of neighbouring "Donetsk People's Republic", Alexander Zakharchenko, flatly denied any attacks on civilians, blaming Kiev's own troops for the strike." But then it doesn't show him doing that -rather, he says "not a single convoy of refugees was shot at in the Lugansk region," by anyone.

And while the above sounds pretty certain, on balance they really don't seem to know just yet what, if anything, happened there. One report everyone seems to be citing is Reuters' Ukraine, rebels accuse each other of attacking refugee bus convoy which no longer works. There are mirrors of it, but slightly different. Today's Zaman:

...the separatists denied responsibility.
A senior rebel leader denied his forces had the military capability to conduct such an attack, and accused the government of regularly attacking the area including with Russian-made Grad missiles.
“The Ukrainians themselves have bombed the road constantly with airplanes and Grads. It seems they've now killed more civilians like they've been doing for months now. We don't have the ability to send Grads into that territory,” said Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.
read: he gives credence to the claim people were just shelled on the road, and precedent says it was the Kiev thugs like usual. But once again, he's not clearly accusing them of a crime based on direct knowledge (like how the victims were set up, what nationality of weapons were used, etc.), when he only says it "seems" there was such a crime - based on Kiev's accusation that his side did it. It's a guess.--Caustic Logic (talk) 10:58, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Global Post adds: "Another rebel spokesman (app. Zakharchenko?) denied any civilian convoy had been struck, challenging the Kyiv authorities to produce evidence." This one is a little less accepting of Kiev's claim, and reasonably so.

A Kyiv Post article also makes sure to claim both sides blame each other, without backing it up: Rockets reportedly kill fleeing civilians in eastern Ukraine; Kyiv, insurgents swap blame

...rebel leaders say Ukrainian government forces were behind the deadly rocket attack. Konstantin Knyrik, a rebel spokesperson, dismissed Kyiv’s claims, telling Russia’s Interfax news agency “such claims are pure propaganda.

"Pure propaganda" suggests words only, not a real false flag crime. Then Purgin's observation of how precedent plus the alleged shelling of refugees made it initially seem to him. That's closer to the mark, but not much of a counter-accusation. And that presumptive educated guess is the closest they can get. Kiev alone is the side in this that's both a little too informed and a bit too shrill for comfort. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:58, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

On the missing Reuters article: Kyiv Post uses the same title, but is paywalled. Text search brings up Reuters on Newsweek. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 16:32, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Side-note: No one is asking Lugansk Peoples' Republic leaders - a couple Donetsk leaders, who wouldn't even be in the clearest spot to know, are quoted. Is the LPR that broken up already? Kiev is saying they've raised the flag in Lugansk city, downtown I guess, and a mop-up shy of final victory. (true or not, people fleeing got killed, which does sometimes happen at "liberation" time) --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:58, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Right now there is less fighting in Donetsk, so that is a safer and easier place to get hold of leaders to interview. If there were journalists in Luhansk they could have gone and taken photos of the massacre for themselves. Safely, the day after. So looks like "media blackout" might work. I hope at least the journos have those hand-wound camping phone battery chargers. KatKan (talk) 12:54, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
On the general Battle situation: Novorossiya ("NAF") is winning. The 30. Battalion got wiped out just yesterday. Out of 4,700 men that went in last week only 83 "deserters" came out. Also the 24th, 25th, 51st, 72nd, 79th, and 80th battalions have been destroyed. Did I leave out anyone? Yes, the 95th might be still somewhere. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 16:40, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
I guess we should start a page on Ukraine war casualties. The real number are the most closely guarded state secret. Hiding the losses plays a central part in the "false-flag" narrative of MH17. Without understanding the catastrophic military situation, it is impossible to understand why Ukraine would want to shoot down MH17. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 17:11, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
sorry, I accidentally made this page. I already put on it an article which claims to know how big the forces are currently.KatKan (talk) 19:09, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Luhansk Ghost Town video KatKan (talk) 19:51, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
No problem, Petri even asked for it. It's great to have you and Chingachgook around and you are very welcome to add your content on both existing and new pages. We have always struggled a bit to attract new contributors but the idea of this has been from the beginning about a collaborative research effort without a "party line" (beyond the general spirit of the mission statement). --CE (talk) 21:58, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Graham Phillips is in Lugansk now, brave soul. Not much life there, but also no Kiev forces to be seen anywhere. Lysenko and the other clowns are lying as usual. --CE (talk) 18:12, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Something from Donetsk, dated 15.08.2014 - 15:11 by rebels today --Chingachgook (talk) 21:15, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Rebels blame Kiev: By the following day, with time to gather information, "a rebel source" told the BBC "that everyone in the convoy was killed when two buses carrying wounded civilians came under fire from foreign mercenaries fighting for the government." It's not clear how they decided who was responsible - again, it sounds like a guess. It's also not clear how accurate the claim is that everyone was killed. The report then mentions the new video of alleged survivors, who were in " two Zil lorries" (militray trucks - not busses) per military sources in the same video, and noted "the BBC has been unable to independently verify the video." --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:56, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Here is another claim of the use of human shields from the same area:

Ukrainian troops on August 27 used civilians as hostages. On the approaches to the settlement of people lined up in front of gravelly attacking forces militia. Command was forced to stop the attack. Who decides how to continue our counter-offensive in this area.

-- Petri Krohn (talk) 05:30, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Aftermath

Khryashchuvate(Хрящеватое - auto-translates "gravelly") LNR. The occupation by the Nazis village Gravelly repeated after 72 years memorial plaque to 34 dead unveiled, February 12, 2015 (almost six months after the occupation or first deaths began on Aug. 13. Youths place candles and flowers, after introductory remarks in Russian. --Caustic Logic (talk) 03:57, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Lugansk, Gravelly 12.09.2014 the funeral mass grave of civilians which the Ukrainian military 17.08.2014 were planted in the truck and drove away in an unknown direction, as it turned out they were blown up with grenades and bomb the body left in the field." (auto-trans) Locals in a graveyard, 8-9 coffins only in a single long trench. Wooden markers, possibly readable - 4 made, one being made. --Caustic Logic (talk) 03:57, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

destruction: Dec. 8 video - November 13 video, hosted (same man speaking at memorial unveiling?), local speaks, destroyed truck shown, bodies gone and ground graded) - November 5 video - Sept. 30 video - Sept. 28 video shows occupier graffiti, Ukie symbols and "Slava" something - Slight pre-math: Terrorists killed p. under Gravelly, Lugansk 16.08.14 The town is burning, early evening it seems, filmed while driving by, not getting close to see who the "terrorists" they burned up really were. Next day or two is when locals were rounded up into trucks by someone and then blown up. --Caustic Logic (talk) 03:57, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Graham Philips, "return to a place of horror in Luhansk", Dec. 18, 2015 near Novosvetlovka (latinicized Rus.), Novosvitlivka (latinicized Ukr.) (Russian: Новосветловка, Ukrainian: Новосві́тлівка; ) map--Resup (talk) 12:49, 20 December 2015 (UTC)

Other Luhansk news(?)

Looks like abandoned ammunition changing hands. Near Luhansk?? about halfway there is a locality sign that I can't read. It's Donbass people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIeZg8p49BY KatKan (talk) 00:48, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

I think it is the same as in the youtube title , Станица Луганская , stanitsa , first word, is like a small village , and Луганская = Luganskaya . UAF abandoned this block-post, they are picking that stuff that was left, appears nothing too unusual going on here --Chingachgook (talk) 01:08, 21 August 2014 (UTC)