“They died for Putin’s lies:” Russian propaganda passed off graves of its soldiers for those of Donbas residents. PHOTOS

News agencies Associated Press and Reuters published photos from the outskirts of Makiivka, which was subjected to heavy shelling by the terrorists last week, including with use of multiple rocket launchers.

As a reminder, Ukrainian military declared their innocence in murder of civilians, the graves of whom have been allegedly discovered in the vicinity of adjacent villages of Kommunar and Nyzhnia Krynka on the outskirts of the town of Makiivka in the Donetsk region, which has been previously reported by Russian media.

"Information of military involvement in organization of mass graves near Donetsk has nothing to do with reality and is intended to discredit Ukrainian servicemen carrying their duty of defending the territorial unity of Ukraine in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions." This was stated by the ATO press center in Ukraine in response to the publication by Russian media about alleged discovering of bodies of civilians, predominately women, some of which "were subjected to torture" and "may have been executed," Censor.NET reports with reference to Radio Svoboda.
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Village of Nyzhnia Krynka on the outskirts of Makiivka

Terrorists, who currently control the outskirts of Makiivka, claim that the graves had been pointed out by the locals, who also allegedly told that the murders had been committed by Ukrainian military. According to them, field rations were found near the graves, which are normally used by members of Ukrainian military. Russian authorities declared it a "war crime," and demanded putting up a special committee under the aegis of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of people found in the graves.

Representatives of the OSCE have visited the village of Kommunar and confirmed that the graves had been found and they had seen them. However, the head of press service of the special commission of the OSCE in Ukraine Michael Bociurkiw indicated that those were "unmarked graves," not "mass graves" as reported by Russian media.

A statement released Wednesday by the mission of the OSCE in Ukraine noted that representatives of the so-called "military police" of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' showed them three of the graves with several bodies in each of them, as they claimed, in the village of Kommunar and its vicinity. Near a mine in the village, OSCE observers inspected two sites within 50 meters from one another, each of them containing two dead bodies. Eight shells from Makarov pistol were found five meters from those bodies.

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Terrorist in the village of Nyzhnia Krynka

Heavy fighting for the village has been underway since August. In early September, Nyzhnia Krynka village website published photos of the latest shelling. Locals told that a multiple launch rocket system "Grad" was used. On Sept. 21 or 22, Ukrainian security retreated from Nyzhnia Krynka, blowing up a road bridge. On Sept. 23, photos of destruction at Kommunarska mine as a result of military fighting were published. It was unknown which side shelled the mine, according to the text of the message.

OSCE representatives were photographed by Reuters photographer Marko Djurica next to an alleged grave (a small mound of soil) with a handmade sign. An inscription "Died for Putin's lies" is clearly visible on the plaque, with a few names with dates of birth and death.

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At least three of the four names are male: Yuri, Sergii, Maxym. The fourth inscription is "AF (armed forces?) of Russia," with a number, which presumably is a military identification number. This gives us reason to assume that no papers have been found on the deceased apart from his badge.

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The second date (which appears to be the date of death) is the same for all four, Aug. 27 this year. Ria Novosti photo service published selected photos of Nyzhnia Krynka. One of the photos shows the sign, but the inscription is unintelligible. The photo set was titled "At the burial site of civilians near Donetsk." The OSCE message reads that the alleged grave with abovementioned plaque is located near the road leading into the village. The representatives of the OSCE emphasize that experts of medical examiner's office weren't present, that's why they cannot provide information about the legitimacy of claims about the existence of that grave or body count in it.

Radio Svoboda's reader Maria Golubeva commented the article saying that the sign "Died for Putin's lies" appeared online back in September. The photo clearly shows all the names.

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They are:

Borisov Yuriy Ivanovich, born 1978;
Golubyash Sergey Vasilievich, born 1972;
Nestroev Revaz Zubarovich, born 1973;
Stechin Maksim Alexandrovich, born 1989.

The lowest inscription on the plaque: Russian Armed Forces, Yu-257606.

The article argues that the buried persons are those killed in a shootout at a checkpoint at the entrance to the village. The deceased had "insignia of the Russian Federation," and "three on the list are from the Republic of Tatarstan."

As a reminder, on Sept. 17 the ATO headquarters reported that "from 8:45 a.m. to 11:40 a.m., terrorists conducted a round-the-clock shelling of ATO positions and residential homes near the village of Nyzhnia Krynka, using multiple rocket launchers BM-21 Grad." As a result, nine residential houses have been destroyed, more than 10 civilians killed, and dozens wounded.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/p304348