20th February 2015
A recent publication in The Guardian references a high-quality conclusive report of Bellingcat proving that in the summer of 2014 Russia used artillery and multiple rocket launch systems (MRLS) from its own territory to strike Ukrainian Army positions, effectively stopping the successful anti-terrorist campaign, and then overtaking long stretches of Ukrainian border (to enable easy supplies of more weapons, tanks, MRLS, and anti-aircraft systems). Shelling was followed by the full-scale Russian ground forces invasion around the 24th of August, which is Independence Day in Ukraine.
The Bellingcat shelling report is available in several languages and file formats:
- Origin of Artillery Attacks on Ukrainian Military Positions in Eastern Ukraine between 14 July 2014 and 8 August 2014 (PDF)
- Ursprung von Artillerieangriffen auf Stellungen der ukrainischen Streitkräfte in der Ostukraine im Zeitraum 14. Juli 2014 bis 8. August 2014 (German/Deutsch PDF)
- Происхождение артиллерийских ударов по позициям украинских военных в восточной Украине с 14 июля по 8 августа 2014 г. (Russian/по-русски)