Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov / Edited by S. Naylor & @GBabeuf
- Until approximately 2:00 am in the morning, mortar fire on Slavyansk continued. They were hitting Sol’zavod [Note: Salt Plant] and Semyonovka. The Militia’s casualties include two wounded; among the civilians: five wounded, including one very serious case.
- According to our preliminary data, the Ukie artillery can add ten killed civilians (eight died immediately and two in the hospital) and over twenty seriously wounded to its “list [of accomplishments]” in Kramatorsk yesterday. Not one Militia fighter was affected. In fact, none of the strikes were against [Militia] positions—the firing was over a wide area, and full-fledged volleys of Grad were used.
- Near Yampol, the enemy used Uragan (“Hurricane”) MLRS against our positions—I was brought a “collection” of characteristic shrapnel and [rocket stabilizer] elements from there. On this occasion, everything missed.
With respect to my statements yesterday [i.e. June 16, 2014], I want to emphasize again: in no way did I exaggerate or understate the seriousness of the situation. I weighed carefully each word that I said and wrote.
I seriously believe (and have reasons to do so) that what we are dealing with is not an “explicit” betrayal of Novorossiya by the President of the Russian Federation, but, rather, with systemic sabotage at the level of the Oligarchy and the highest level of the bureaucracy. This is so because, for Putin, the destruction of the South-East is objectively a mortal danger—in his capacity as both the leader of Russia and as a human being—[this defeat] would entail an irrecoverable descent down the “path of Milošević” (who, in similar circumstances, abandoned both Bosnia and the Krajina, was finished off in Kosovo and, ultimately, logically and demonstratively was put to death at the Hague).