The journalist Yurii Kasianov writes on his Facebook page, Censor.NET reports.
A stunning view of Sloviansk opens from the mountaintop. The town is now partially destroyed by intense battles.
THe strategic position of Karachun is the reason of constant shelling of the compound station by militants. They use 82-mm mortars and 120-mm "Nona" that were taken out of action three times already. The enemy gunners make 3 or 4 shots from a nearby residential area and change their position immediately. The television broadcasting station was ruined by mortar attacks, almost every window in buildings on the mountain is broken and trees are damaged with shrapnel. The observer signals "Flash!" when he sees a mortar shot flash and soldiers hide in the trenches, dugouts and behind concrete walls of technical buildings.
Karachun Mountain is actually a besieged fortress. There are enemy trenches 600-800 meters away. One can easily get ambushed on the way to Mainland. Helicopters are attacked by heavy machine guns and MANPAD fire. There are strict war rules on the mountain, the violation of which can lead to death from a sniper's bullet or grenade fragments.
"I have spent five days among the remarkable people at Karachun Mountain. National Guard volunteers, former fighters of Maidan self-defense, regular officers, airmobile brigade soldiers under contract, and former "Berkut" (riot police) are all Karachun soldiers," the journalist writes.