On March 16, a Ukrainian military BMP ran over a mother and her two children (including one infant in a stroller), standing on a sidewalk at 14:30 local time in Konstantinovka.
The eight year old girl Polina was killed immediately.
Locals are rioting and burning the military barracks demanding justice.
Via the Fort Russ Blog…
The residents of Konstantinovka took to the streets.
In isolation this incident may not have caused such a reaction, but looks like it was the last straw in a series of incidents which this town went through over the last year (like many more other towns), which we may not be aware of, as well as a dire social-economic situation in the country – all of which are caused by the new Kiev authorities.
The people rightfully feel that they should not expect any justice from the authorities, and took matters into their own hands. Completely irrational, but very human and organic.
The only problem is – how can the unarmed residents stand up against the Ukrainian army?
Tomorrow we should expect harsh crack downs from the Ukrainian authorities in Konstantinovka and other towns. Arrests, torture, and deaths. The SBU will be studying these tapes, and rounding people up. Knocking on doors, taking fathers, husbands and sons away, sometimes never to be seen again…
This is the first city-wide revolt behind the Kiev front line in a year since the overthrow of the Ukrainian government.
The Kiev junta may be able to choke this protest, but its days are numbered nevertheless, and this is just a taste of what’s to come.
The Kiev junta will loose, but it will take many lives before that time comes…
Tensions have been boiling in Konstantinovka after Ukrainian soldiers driving through the town at high speed lost control of their vehicle and ran into a crowd of pedestrians, hitting a woman with a baby in a stroller and killing the older girl.
“The accident occurred at the Lomonosov Street near City Hospital No. 5. Three pedestrians suffered under the wheels of the fighting vehicle: A girl aged eight died on the spot, a woman and a child in a stroller were taken to hospital,” Ukraine’s Interior Ministry reported Monday night.
Locals believe the driver of the vehicle was drunk at the time of the accident. According to local press, the perpetrators barely escaped the scene of the crime, as the fury of the locals erupted in clashes, with stones being thrown at security vehicles. Other residents were quick to surround the army barracks, where warning shots were reportedly fired.
Following the incident, enraged people gathered in front of the military unit stationed in the local school building, demanding the military surrender those who were involved in the hit and run accident, Sputnik reported. The crowd has also reportedly set fire to the entrance of the dorms of the Ukrainian forces.
“In the evening, near the dorms occupied by security forces, several hundred local residents gathered. They shouted: ‘Fascists!’ And threw stones at the windows of the barracks, set fire to two cars of the National Guard and overturned a third. In response, security forces fired several shots into the air,” one eyewitness told Sputnik. One of the people from the crowd reportedly threw a Molotov cocktail at one of the dorm windows, starting a fire.
According to Popular Front deputy Anton Gerashchenko, shoot-to-kill orders are enforced in Konstantinovka, to stop those trying to “incite” the violence.
“If someone in Kostyantynivka uses arms to oppose the laws of the Ukrainian authorities, uses this accident (hit and run) for mass unrest, then we will fire one warning shot, and then will be shooting to kill. If there is no time to warn , we will be shooting to kill immediately,” said Gerashchenko. “No one is allowed to undermine the Ukrainian government with arms in their hands.”
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