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18 June 2018, 16:33

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Zhelobok last resident's property destroyed by Ukrainian attack, woman hospitalized (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, June 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian June 17 attack on Zhelobok destroyed the house and all belongings of the township's last remaining resident, a woman who is currently in hospital in shock condition.

Lugansk Media Center correspondent who visited the shelling site reported that the LPR's JCCC members had recorded the aftermath of the attack: a completely destroyed house and all the outbuildings, a garage and the car inside it.

WENT UP IN FLAMES

It was established that the shells found at the site had a "distinctive belt-shaped detail which testified to the fact that the town was targeted with 152mm artillery".

The military said the burnt house belonged to the last remaining resident of Zhelobok, Olga Nikolayevna, as all her neighbors had left in the summer of 2017 when Ukrainian army attempted to seize the town.

Olga, who remains in hospital in neighboring Kirovsk, said that she lived together with her husband, who earlier had taken a job in Lugansk and had to leave for the city to earn their bread.

"Two shells hit the house and it burnt down. I lived with my partner, but he had to leave for Lugansk, as his pension is not enough, and he went there to work," she said.

Olga told journalists that LPR soldiers helped her to untie her cow from the barn when it caught fire, and the bovine is still straying somewhere in the village.

"She is still somewhere in Zhelobok, but no dogs or cats are let, chicken suffocated in the fire, all the barns, garages, everything went up in flames," Olga said, still visibly shocked.

''They have been firing for three days, it used to be calm before. Yesterday was a disaster: the roof broke down, the attic collapsed, the ceiling fell down on me. I have been living here since 1982, never left," the woman said through tears.

OUT OF RUBBLE

LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko said that the woman was saved out of the burning rubble after her house took a direct hit from Ukrainian shelling.

"She was taken to hospital in a terrible shock, diagnosed with a hypertensive crisis. In a moment of a confused consciousness she wanted to go home, somewhere," the dean of the Kirovsk central hospital Tatyana Pakhomova said.

"There is no threat to her life, she is in the neurology department, in moderate condition, she is to undergo a comprehensive treatment."

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The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 June — Lugansk