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In Ukraine’s volatile east, a day of shelling, outages and fear

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In Ukraine’s volatile east, a day of shelling, outages and fear

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2/17/22. Russian artillery shell penetrates a kindergarten room in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, Ukraine.

2.18.22
Shells struck by the hundreds along the tense front lines in eastern Ukraine, drones monitoring a fragile cease-fire lost their way when the GPS signal they rely on was jammed, and then the cellphone network went dark. The number of explosions eased as the day went on, but by then the village of Stanytsia had already suffered more than its share. One shell crashed into a kindergarten, blasting a hole in the wall that sent soccer balls flying off the classroom shelves just as the school day started. Others blasted craters into the schoolyard and shattered windows of nearby homes. “We heard the sound of broken glass. The children were very scared. Some kids started crying immediately, and the explosions continued for the next 20 minutes,” said Olena Yaryna, the school director. At Valentyna Melnychenko’s nearby home, the explosions filled her living room and hall with smoke. “I switched off the TV, and there were seven more shellings and then it stopped,” she said as she surveyed the damage outside, her hair covered in a bright pink scarf that contrasted with the gray debris behind her. Three people were wounded and half the village lost power.

Oleksandr Pavliuk, a Ukrainian army commander, said the explosions were intended to provoke a response and ultimately a counter-response, echoing the warnings from the United States. Russia denies any plans to attack. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have been in place in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since 2014 to try and maintain the cease-fire. But even they were drawn into the fray this week. In addition to the explosions, the organization recorded nearly 600 cease-fire violations over the course of a day, more than double the average for the past month. And three of the organization’s small surveillance drones went astray after the GPS signal was jammed; a fourth couldn’t make it off the ground without a signal. Electronic interference went further overnight, when the cellphone network went down in Luhansk for hours, for the second night in a row, according to an Associated Press journalist working in the area.


For how long can Russian forces be permitted to target Ukrainian schools with artillery fire? Unconsionable and a war crime.
 

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What’s worrying is the UK coming out and saying that Russia could make this an indefinite state of affairs.

I don’t know what to think at this point because as someone rightly pointed out, how does Putin back away now and how can he go in, knowing how devastating it will be to his economy…

To occupy Ukraine under the circumstances would be devastating to Russia.

It’s quite the conundrum.
 
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