English subtitles and transcript by Alexander Fedotov and O.C.
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Anchor: The journalists of RenTV got today the first documental provement that residential area of Donbass gets fired not by accident. Although Kiev may claim about some “stray shells” which hit a hospital or a kindergarten, on the front line left by Ukrainian soldiers we have found artillery maps, where the targets were restaurants, cafeterias, and shops. An exclusive report of our correspondent Valentin Trushnin from the former UAF’s trenches.
Valentin Trushnin: This is a field near the village of Ozeryanovka—recently there was a Ukrainian battery firing at Gorlovka: 6 Rapier guns, few tanks, a lot of heavy armour and infantry. They were extruded from here the day before yesterday, but since that day Ukrainian forces have been heavily firing with artillery at their lost positions, so we could get here only today. We are sticking to the trenches, just in case. Our guides today are a battalion commander with the nickname “Ostap” and his deputy “Makar”.
Makar: These are wonderful positions for firing at the residential area—this is what they actually were doing. Just look how many cartridge cases—how many shots have been made from this position.
V. Trushnin: Gorlovka is in full view from here.
V. Trushnin: The shells ready for shooting have been left by the artillerymen at the positions—they rushed away so swiftly, that they had left ammunition along with the guns. Obviuosly, they did not expect an attack.
Ostap: They started a fire at the village of Ozeryanovka—that was a preparatory bombardment before an offensive. We forestalled Ukrainian soldiers and entered Ozeryanovka in order to prevent them approaching it.
V. Trushnin: Just under fire?
Ostap: Right, under artillery fire. We started a close combat with them at their roadblock.
V. Trushnin: The Militiamen have got a few units of armour—absolutely everything is undamaged.
Ostap: They will tell tomorrow that Russia has supplied us with a column of MT-LBs, IFVs and tanks which we have gained—indeed, it is their weapons and equipment that is going to be repaired, recoloured and will be used at war against them.
V. Trushnin: This is how Ukrainian tankmen were making fun while making breaks from firing at Gorlovka.
Ostap: These were the cars of the civilians. There is no remains inside, but they have been definitely rolled out by tanks.
V. Trushnin: Only white stripes [on the tanks—ed.] shall be covered with paint—it is a sign of belonging to the UAF, as well as Gothic graffiti in English which are too pretentious.
Makar: “I will destroy your dream. I will destroy your mind. I will destroy your soul and then I will take your life.”
Makar: They seemed to run in underpants as soon and as far as possible, they cared about nothing but saving their life. So scared they were. One thing is bombarding city and civilians from distant positions, and the other thing is real fighting.
V. Trushnin: The Militiamen removed dead bodies, but it is still the heavy smell over the field, and there are small fragments of bodies everywhere. A terrible scene.
Makar (showing the helmet): This man had no slightest chance to survive.
V. Trushnin: This is a dugout destroyed with a direct hit—the feathers flew away from the ruptured pillows. The enemies were torn to shreds indeed.
Makar: We do not have such resources like they have. We cannot waste ammunition firing haphazardly, or especially shelling at residential area. This is the result of our work here.
V. Trushnin: Here is the result of the Ukrainian gunners’ shooting—a direct hit in the panel dwelling of Khrushchev’s times in the centre of Gorlovka. They shot from those very positions. Fortunately, the mother and her son living here went down to the grandmother’s place on the third floor half an hour earlier.
Tenants of the house: —Ukraine has relieved us from our kitchen and bathroom. —They relieved us from everything.
V. Trushnin: Probably, the dwelling was destroyed from this very—now captured—cannon.
Ostap: The barrel is overheated in the result of firing so much ammunition. This is that very MT12 “Rapier” gun with which Ukrainian soldiers shelled the city of Gorlovka.
V. Trushnin: In the destroyed dugouts the militiamen found a lot of interesting documents, such as shooting records, working notebooks of cannon commanders, maps. It follows from the documents that shelling of the city was carried out not randomly, but rather deliberately.
Makar: There are coordinates of targets. For example, there is a restaurant, a cafeteria or a market targeted, where there were no militiamen.
Ostap: We have found their target maps there, which means they had everything gauged—they clearly targeted the city.
V. Trushnin: The documents will be analysed and sent to the headquarters. Obviously, the Militia has got an irrefutable evidence of the war crimes committed by Ukrainian soldiers, which is proved by the documents now.
Report by Valentin Trushnin for RenTV.