They moved two kilometers in the direction of the village of Sakhanka, announcing Shyrokyne demilitarized zone and urging the Ukrainian side to do the same.
The terrorists left completely deserted village and about 80% of destroyed buildings after themselves.
At the moment mine clearing measures are being taken, after which a joint observation point of peacekeeping missions will be set up.
Since the end of February this year previously unremarkable Shyrokine has been a field for large-scale battles between the Ukrainian army and the Donbas terrorists. Despite the ceasefire, each day militants shelled Ukrainian military positions on the village outskirts from heavy artillery.
A few days before the retreat of militants a Censor.NET reporter spent the last combat shift in Shyrokine with the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion, having defended the village since the end of February.
More details on the situation in Shyrokyne are at link.
Donbas battalion serviceman on one of the most dangerous positions on the outskirts of Shyrokyne the week before the retreat of militants
Among the Donbas battalion volunteers a lot of middle-aged man are on the front
Fathers of many children can also be met. This serviceman has got four
Donbas battalion soldiers on position in Shyrokyne
During the last week of enemy attacks the number of shells fired at the Ukrainian military reached 99 per day
Before the "Russian world" came to Shyrokyne, its outskirts were a provincial resort area. Now recreation centers and private cottages look like this
Or like this...
The youngest defender behind the commander's back - he is 19
Commander of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion
A short rest during a lull before rotation
One of the most dangerous positions of the National Guard on the territory of the Maiak children's camp
Before the retreat the militants fired as hell several times a day
Donbas battalion serviceman Mykola on a dangerous position on the outskirts of Shyrokyne. In early July he will turn 26
Soldier of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion called Hnom and the M sector spokesman Yaroslav Chepurnyi during one of the firings
Soldier of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion - a Kyivite called Bashnia
Soldier of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion called Spaider
Soldier of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion called Zhurnalist
Text and photos: Anastasiia Bereza