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Russian occupants open fire on two schools in Donbas, no casualties

The bandits tried posing the attacks as if they were conducted by the Ukrainian military; Google Maps analysis confirmed it could not be true
15:39, 25 March 2019

Novosti Donbassa

Russian occupants have opened fire on two education establishments in Donbas. The Ukrainian side of the Joint Control and Coordination Centre reported that on Facebook on March 25.

'Armed formations of the Russian Federation have once again neglected the norms of the humanitarian law, trying to blame the Ukrainian military', the message says.

According to the report of the OSCE SMM that dates back to March 23, 2019, the Mission members spotted damage done to the school building in Petrovsky district in Donetsk. 'It's a 15-cm hole on the altitude of 30 cm above the ground. According to the OSCE patrol's estimates, the damage was done due to the use of heavy machine gun fire', the post reads.

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According to the school staff, the attack took place on March 21, when the students were at school. As the SMM patrol tried to find out the details of the incident, the staff refused to answer their questions as they were intimidated by the militants. 

Russian occupants attack school in Donetsk region, GoogleMaps screenshot 1
Joint Forces Operation Facebook

The screenshot posted above confirms that the Armed Forces of Ukraine could not be involved in the attack on the school; the nearest firing position of the Ukrainian troops is located at least 3,450 meters away from the school, and this is way out of reach of the machine gun effective range. Besides, the Ukrainian side of the Joint Control and Coordination Centre pointed out that the school is located amidst the living quarter, surrounded by the residential houses. The bullet that hit the school simply could not bypass all these buildings.

In another case, the team of OSCE SMM reported a hole and several cracks in the window glass on the first floor of the school building located in Golmivsky (the occupied area of Donetsk region). 

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At that, the school workers were not allowed to let the SMM observers inside the building. They also refused to speak to them on this matter, only mentioning that a bullet hit the window on late March 20. 

Russian occupants attack school in Donetsk region, GoogleMaps screenshot 2
Joint Forces Operation Facebook

The screenshot confirms that the Ukrainian military could not have conducted this attack, taking into account that the distance from the school and the engagement line makes more than 2,200 meters. The school is also surrounded by living houses; besides, the closed landscape against the Ukrainian positions in the said area creates obstacles, which prevent the use of small arms and machine guns.

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