On Jan. 31, 2017, the investigators say, Russian troops shelled apartment buildings at 3A and 10 Lystoprokatnykiv Str. Judging by the impacts and inflicted destruction, 122 mm high-explosive fragmentation shells were used and apparently fired by D-30 guns or 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers. The photos of the damaged buildings were taken from here.
"First, we have to make sure that these houses are really located on Lystoprokatnykiv Street. Using panoramio we can easily find another picture of the house at 10 Lystoprokatnykiv Str. dated 2011 and taken before the renovation of the building.
"There is no need to be an expert to figure out where the fire was coming from. You can open any available map application, identify hit spots and mark them on the map. Red arrows in the picture below indicate the direction from where the shells arrived.
"Now, if we take a map with the demarcation line between Ukrainian and Russian forces and draw a 15.4 km-long line (the maximum firing range of D-30 howitzer) in the direction of the shooting, we'll see that the firing position is located in the terrorist-held territory," the article reads.
"Russian invaders continue using sneaky hybrid warfare. They shell civilian neighborhoods only to create a news opportunity and put the blame for barbaric fire on Ukrainian forces.
"Naive adepts of Russian propaganda, who against all facts and logic still believe in Pax Russica, may face the uncomfortable reality in which their lives are worth no more than a penny and can easily be sacrificed for the sake of one fake news piece on Russian TV. This is pure pragmatism with no compassion and no emotions towards a person. Shattered human lives turn into a tool of political pressure in Russia's hands, leaving nothing but a brief phrase: 'One more casualty'," the authors say.