Ukrainian sniper kills 78-year-old grandmother, 18 dwellings destroyed -
OSCE could not come and investigate on the pretext that the road leading to the affected house was not paved
- Christelle NEANT, in DONiPRESS, translated by Tom Winter -
How to call it 'by mistake' when a sniper, most certainly belonging to a volunteer battalion (either Islamic, or one of these women sniper groups), shoots a 78-year-old grandmother in Sakhanka, with a bullet in the head? At 5 pm, it is still day in June, no mistake is possible. Except to be totally drunk or drugged, it is impossible to confuse a peaceful 78-year-old grandmother with a soldier !!!
This woman's only crime was to live in the People's Republic of Donetsk (DPR) and step out into her garden. Last month we traveled to Sakhanka and other southern DPR villages to help several pensioners with humanitarian aid from the West-East Association. Since the news fell this morning, I pray that it is not one of the grandmothers we visited, who fell under the sniper's bullet.
The question running through my head all morning is: "why?" As the Russians say. Why ? For what purpose? What crime had this grandmother committed to deserve such a fate, and above all, how? How can someone who pretends to be a human being do such a thing? Already deliberately shooting the mortar or artillery at purely civilian quarters requires a good dose of inhumanity, but the victims are not seen, so it is easier not to think about them.
But a sniper ... He sees his victim, his face, in his telescope, precisely enough to shoot him in the head. How can we aim for a peaceful 78-year-old grandmother deliberately, shoot her, and watch her die before her eyes without the shadow of a scruple? Without remorse.
Some defenders of the Ukrainian cause speak of "self-defense". What self-defense is there when a peaceful grandmother is deliberately and gratuitously murdered?
And for those who believe that it is an isolated incident, that it is the work of some soldier that had freaked out, it is not. In Trudovskyi, another Ukrainian army sniper shot for 30 minutes around a little girl to terrorize her without killing her, while preventing her mother from coming to her rescue. A purely sadistic game.
|"Village of Krutaya Balka" Red arrow showing origin of the firing|
In Dokuchaevsk, this morning, it was the water treatment plant that was targeted by the Ukrainian army, forcing employees to evacuate the station and take shelter. And the OSCE observers refused to go to Trudovskiy yesterday to record the deaths of two civilians.