Deadliest Ukraine Fighting In Weeks Caught On Tape

Tyler Durden's picture

At least 13 Ukrainian soldiers (and reportedly at least 20 pro-Russian supporters) were killed today as WSJ reports fighting flared across breakaway regions in the east just days before a presidential election the rebels have vowed to block. Markets have forgotten that the US-Europe-Russia-China-Ukraine tensions continue and the major event risk this weekend but the last 24 hours have seen several attacks with the highest number of casualties since the conflict began 2 months ago. Separatists near Luhansk blew up a bridge over the Siverskiy Donets river near Novodruzhesk in several hours of fighting, Interfax reported, citing witnesses. The worst fighting appeared to take place near Volnovakha, on the road from the regional capital, Donetsk, to Mariupol, where there hadn't been heavy separatist fighting before.. and the dismal episode was caught on tape.



As EuroNews reports,

At least eleven Ukrainian troops were killed and about 30 others were wounded on Thursday when pro-Russian insurgents attacked a military checkpoint, the deadliest raid in weeks of fighting in eastern Ukraine.


Journalists saw 11 bodies scattered around the checkpoint on the edge of the village of Blahodatne, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the city of Donetsk.


Witnesses said that more than 30 Ukrainian troops were wounded when the insurgents attacked the checkpoint, and some of them were in grave condition.


The attack came three days before the country's presidential vote.


Three charred Ukrainian armored infantry vehicles, their turrets blown away by powerful explosions, and several burned trucks stood at the site of the combat area. A military helicopter landed on the site, carrying officials who inspected the scene.


The Ukrainian Defence Ministry confirmed the attack, but wouldn't comment on casualties. There was no report of casualties on the insurgent side.


The Volnovakha hospital was closed to the media, as Ukrainian soldiers rushed in and out, and guarded the entrances.


In the town of Horlivka, a rebel commander claimed responsibility for the raid and produced an array of weapons they said they had seized.


Scores have been killed in fighting between pro-Russian insurgents, who have seized government buildings and engaged in clashes with government troops in eastern Ukraine.


Thursday's carnage cast a shadow over Ukraine's presidential vote on Sunday, which insurgents in the east have pledged to derail.

The Responses... (via WSJ)


"Under heavy fire from mortars, grenade-launchers and heavy machine-guns, our boys died for Ukraine," Mr. Turchynov told a group of religious leaders in the capital Kiev.

"Today a major operation was prepared on all fronts and it was repulsed," Mr. Parubiy told a briefing in Kiev, according to the Interfax news agency.


In Moscow, officials said the instability in the region cast further doubt on the elections.


"We will follow how the preparations for these elections go and make our conclusions based on their results," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. "We can't express anything other than indignation about the atmosphere in which the preparations for these elections are being conducted."

The US

The Pentagon also announced that a U.S. guided missile cruiser will enter the Black Sea on Friday for training with U.S. allies.


"It's too early to know where they're moving to or how many of them are moving," Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's top military commander said after a meeting in Brussels of military officers from NATO's 28 members. "But what we do know is that the force that remains on the border is very large, and it's very capable, and it remains in a very coercive posture."

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TeamDepends's picture

Chaos out of order out of chaos....

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Reports out already that this was done by mercenaries i.e. a fals flag and I would believe that before I believe the pro russian forces who don't have helicopters. The Ukranian military has been defecting and standing down all over the place i.e. supporting pro russian military.

flacon's picture

It was definitely "the terrorists" who did that. Whoar On Terror. 

Ahmeexnal's picture

Spanish, Greek, Italian, Irish, Portuguese young men and women are being drafted by NATO, trained and armed (with wooden mock rifles) and ready to be sent to die for their masters in the ukranian swamps.

y3maxx's picture

...USSA getting more desperate by the Day...

COSMOS's picture

I am sure all those Ukrainian moms who lost those young sons in the conflict going on, are more than happy to know their kids died for a worthy cause, so that Hunter Biden can sit on the board of their gas company.

power steering's picture

Brother Beau was otherwise occupied.

COSMOS's picture

I guess Nuland feels the babies she popped out are more ENTITLED to having a life, attending ivy league colleges, having a blast water skiing on the lake in the summertime, and then going to Ibiza to party after doing the Greek island party tour, than those Ukrainian boys lying dead in the field right now.

So the kids of the thieves and murderers get to have fun on the SAND during spring break and Summer vacation with a bottomless line of credit. Meanwhile the kids of the hardworking folks sleep eternal on the DARK SOIL.

Spastica Rex's picture

Meek inherits Earth six feet deep.

COSMOS's picture

LOL so true, and the Creeps inherit the Pink, White, and Golden Sands found on the Gold Coast Beaches around the world.

TeamDepends's picture

Was it over when NATO bombed Pearl Harbor?

TheReplacement's picture

Life is not meant to be easy.  Life is a test of character.  Those living the high life off the backs of others are probably failing that test.  They will rue the day nature's God delivers justice.  This life is short.  Forever is a long time.  Live with that in mind and what they do won't matter, in the long run.

jeff montanye's picture

it's a fine line.  can be the opiate of the masses.

sometimes there is no substitute for justice in the here and now.

verum quod lies's picture

To the tribe they are just goyim or cattle to be slaughtered for their amusement and profit.

fleur de lis's picture

Since that hag Nuland has now birthed Nulandistan how long will it be before she gets dropped behind lines and fights alongside her mercs? She should be forced to participate in the war she started, just like all the other slobs in the region whose lives are now on the line. Or if she is too much of a coward she can always send one of her brats in her stead.  

TheReplacement's picture

You don't seriously think this is her doing do you?  She is nothing more than a political foot soldier with some connections.  She did what she was told.  She is no better than a Nazi officer but what of the order giver?

jeff montanye's picture

indeed.  that she served both bush and obama is an indication of the continuity of u.s. foreign policy, particularly since 9-11.

fleur de lis's picture

A political foot soldier? Like she had no idea? She had the free will to stay out of it. Did you listen to her disgusting phonecall? As she blithly discussed meddling in a foreign government do you think she cared how many lives would be put in danger?  

August's picture

Those dead Ukrainian sons are small potatoes. 

Hunter helps feed hundreds of millions of malnourished kids worldwide, every weekend.

jeff montanye's picture

well said cosmos. however hunter may need some serious liability insurance before this is all over.

he may just want to videoconference.



Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Indeed. Also it looks like dwayne who works in the mail room at blackwater, err xi, err academi is watching zerohedge and is on the downvote parade.

franzpick's picture

' some of them were in grave condition'

Nuland's Ukraine gunboat diplomacy is also in grave condition: time to bury it.

jeff montanye's picture

i don't think so.  this is the gift that keeps on giving.  obama's first experience with an actual opponent.

b.o. is there until early 2017, and they're invested.

Razor_Edge's picture

No draft here in Ireland, and we're not members of Hato anyway, so no Irish kids going to die in Ukie swamps. Anyways, any soldier who goes off to war other than to defend his home and people from direct attack deserves whatever comes his way. Wasn't it Kissinger who said; "Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy"?

jeff montanye's picture

based on this:, one would think so.  acted like it.  

and in the obama era we have become so much more sensitive to the distinction.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

the guys the day before.


the attack apparently, featuring a helicopter which the pro russian guys don't have.


the aftermath purportedly.


Either way the evil russian angle was played out from day zero to anyone with an iq above room temperature.

COSMOS's picture

Great links, can't say the guys with the tanks were not warned, the guy in the video said why are you here the people do not like you.  They had their warning to get out of Dodge.

TheReplacement's picture

There are at least three different helos in that video.  They are most likely the response sent by the Ukrainians to the initial attack.  Reportedly the initial attack involved a bank armored car that was able to pull right up the the apcs and decimate them with point blank RPG and small arms fire.  Looking at the first video suggests that this scenario is most probable.  The guys making the video were a probably recon.  The condensending attitude might suggest they were professionals at some point in their lives. 

It would seem unlikely that western mercs would include themselves in a video of a recon of the target.  The fluent Russian in an apparently legit local accent would probably be hard for most western mercs to pull off. 

I think these people genuinely don't like each other enough to go kill each other on their own in that situation.  It doesn't help that there is so much outside interference but that doesn't change the fact that they really are willing to kill each other.

jeff montanye's picture

willing yes, but the higher morale is usually felt by those on home soil.  add to this the relative ease of supply for the u.s. and russia and this business really starts to look iffy.

SilverRhino's picture

Notice how quick that government was to turn attack helicopters against its own citizens.  

Buy a 50BMG or long range rapid fire rifle.  It just may save your life.  

CoonT's picture

It's called the GM-6 Lynx. For a mere 14 grand, true "equality" can be yours...and by extension, ours!

SilverRhino's picture

Serbu BFG 50A ... 20 pounds, 10 round semi-auto ... $7000   Magazines are standard M82 10-round 50BMG  


Headbanger's picture

Would make a great Father's Day gift!

I'd have to do some practice shooting at drones flying at 300 to maybe 1000 feet off the deck..

Hmmm.. Where's that small Southwest town that issues drone hunting licenses again??

power steering's picture

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mc225's picture

how about homegrown, surplus ptrd/ptrs... 14.5mm...

IndyPat's picture


I shot an APC with one at 1K + on an undisclosed practice range.

A smoke ring shot out the hatch when the round hit it.

First shot of many....

Sold my Barrett soon after.

They make a can for it too.

Overfed's picture

I saw a Lahti for sale at a gunshow last month. Man, what a piece of hardware. A little out of my price range unfortunately.

Belrev's picture

Notice the attack helicopters. It was not pro-Russians that attacked and killed Ukrainian army reservists. It was the nazi Ukrainian national guard. The reservists refused to obey Kiev government and kill local civilians. Next day they got slaughtered themselves as punishment.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Per the latest article from the Saker, the Ukrainian troops (conscripts) had been manning a checkpoint for three days and had a non-agression agreement with the local resistance.

They received orders to attack civilians in a nearby village, which they refused. The commander announced that he would withdraw since there were no terrorists, only civilians.

At around 5 AM local time, several vehicles, including vans and armored cars from Privat Bank (owned by Ihor Kolomoiski, who bankrolled the Odessa human barbeque) arrived at the checkpoint. They were carrying Kievan Yatzi Junta death squads, who proceeded to murder the Ukrainian conscripts.

An hour or so later, helicopter gunships destroyed the attackers' vehicles in order to hide their origin (Privat Bank).

COSMOS's picture

Wow, freaking just pure EVIL that Kolomoiski guy, cant wait to see him hanged with wire in the town square.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"They received orders to attack civilians in a nearby village, which they refused. The commander announced that he would withdraw since there were no terrorists, only civilians."...


This is all well known and thank God it's documented.

The most important ones of the Ukrainian soldiers in there tanks being stopped by civilians on foot are an amazing indictment of how evil the U.S. government and it's lackeys are in promoting their agenda and how united the Ukrainians people are to make it cease.  It's a wonderful omen for humanity as long as their aren't any Zionist Americans, Jews or Brits in our midst!...

I wonder what will happen when those images come home to roost on America's "Mainstreet"?

If the infinite number videos on youtube of police brutality and murder is any predictor of what is coming our way, let's just hope none of them become tank drivers or pilots!

What an indictment it is of the American soul -Hey?!!!

pvzh's picture

The video (copters hitting APCs) was "friendly fire", and is not of the actual attack. "Rebels" do not have armored vehicles (there are some in the north (from defectors), but they are dug-in and are not used for raids). What happened: "rebels" attacked block post and its attached APCs, commander of the block-post called for air support, "rebels" dis-engaged, air support came in anyway and attacked APCs. Miscommunications / "just-in-case" (so armored vehicles will not fall into rebels hands).

BlindMonkey's picture

I am waiting for Nuland to maneuver the Death Star into position to destroy the rebel stronghold once and for all.

COSMOS's picture

Cue in Banzai with Putin as Luke Skywalker on the Millenium Falcon riding to the rescue.

BlindMonkey's picture

WB doesn't need to do anything.  Not when you have the rebel leader already wearing a Napeoleon era throwback jersey.

pvzh's picture

Friendly fire is confirmed.

Here is the video from the ground by the attacked (Ukrainian National Guard), and questions from the soldiers on the ground: "Are these [copters] ours?", "Why do they firing on us?", etc.


sangell's picture

The longer this goes on the more combat experience and organized the Ukrainian military gets. That will cost Russia if at some point it decides to intervene to keep its guerilla forces from being exterminated.

Belrev's picture

I am very concerned about the 6 Ukrainian working tanks invading Russia.