According to the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine, no usable buildings survive in the town of Debaltseve, the crucial railroad junction that was long fought over between the occupying Ukrainian army and the town’s residents.
The OSCE official, Michael Bociurkiw, said on Wednesday March 4th, “The violence must be stopped, as it is developing into a real disaster in some areas. As for Debaltseve, for example, our representatives have said that there was no house left that was not destroyed or damaged by shelling.”
Following, are photos from videos, of the final weeks of the Ukrainian army’s occupation of the town, and of the Army’s final February 18th departure from Debaltseve on February 18th:
First, the resident on the left is crying, and the woman on the right comments:
Then, during the Ukrainian Army’s departure, these invaders are marched into trucks to be taken back to Ukraine where they came from, and a woman raises a whisk broom to hit one of them, as an expression of her feeling:
A soldier of the residents, who is standing to her left, gently pulls her back as the whisk broom is hitting the Ukrainian soldier:
The residents’ soldier is now seen to her right as he pulls her back:
She tries again and is this time blocked from hitting him:
The commander of the residents’ soldiers consoles another woman:
Before the truck arrives to take away the invaders, they’re told to sit down and hear from the people whose lives they’ve destroyed; a woman cries as she speaks to them:
A commander of the invaders is escorted away to a car, while residents try to attack him:
The escorts pull them away from him and rush him into the car:
For comparison, here is the way that the invaders typically deal with the residents’ soldiers they capture:
He was likely disposed of this way:
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.