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 Shyrokyne before terrorist retreat: last week of battles. PHOTOS

July 2, the "DPR" militants retreated from Shyrokine - a village on the coast of Azov Sea 20 km from Mariupol.

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.

Read more: Militants left Shyrokyne - OSCE

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.

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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.

Read more: Ukrainian soldiers successfully repulsed militants' attack near Bohdanivka at Mariupol direction, - ATO press-center

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.

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Donbas battalion serviceman on one of the most dangerous positions on the outskirts of Shyrokyne the week before the retreat of militants

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Among the Donbas battalion volunteers a lot of middle-aged man are on the front

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Fathers of many children can also be met. This serviceman has got four

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Donbas battalion soldiers on position in Shyrokyne

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During the last week of enemy attacks the number of shells fired at the Ukrainian military reached 99 per day

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Before the "Russian world" came to Shyrokyne, its outskirts were a provincial resort area. Now recreation centers and private cottages look like this

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Or like this...

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The youngest defender behind the commander's back - he is 19

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Commander of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion

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A short rest during a lull before rotation

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One of the most dangerous positions of the National Guard on the territory of the Maiak children's camp

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Before the retreat the militants fired as hell several times a day

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Donbas battalion serviceman Mykola on a dangerous position on the outskirts of Shyrokyne. In early July he will turn 26

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Soldier of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion called Hnom and the M sector spokesman Yaroslav Chepurnyi during one of the firings

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Soldier of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion - a Kyivite called Bashnia

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Soldier of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion called Spaider

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Soldier of the third assault squadron of the Donbas battalion called Zhurnalist

Text and photos: Anastasiia Bereza

 
 
 
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